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SISODRV001 - Drive AWD/4WD vehicles on unsealed roads 

About the unit

This unit delivers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use appropriate range, gear and techniques to drive a four wheel drive or all wheel drive on unsealed roads to deliver personnel or equipment to activity sites. It covers driving on graded formed dirt roads with slight to moderate inclines and small forded water crossings.

The unit includes the following:

  • Determine the structural, handling and operational features and characteristics of the vehicle.

  • Identify factors affecting tyre size, fitment, rating, and pressure.

  • Identify recovery points, tie down points and mounting features of the vehicle.

  • Identify hazards associated with incorrect use of vehicle features or equipment.

  • Perform pre-operational checks  according to organisational policies and procedures, relevant legislation and manufacturer's specifications.

  • Check and adjust tyre pressure according to expected terrain and manufacturer's recommendations.

  • Secure loads as required according to organisational policies and procedures relevant legislation.

  • Operate the vehicle successfully including selecting and engaging gear and devices appropriate to the terrain and any identified hazards, maintaining traction, and applying appropriate breaking techniques.

  • Inspect water crossings for depth, flow rate and solidity of base prior to making crossings, and then negotiate water crossings using appropriate speed, gear selection and device engagement while maintaining safety of vehicle, personnel and environment.

  • Change wheels according to manufacturer's specifications, organisational policies and procedures and relevant legislation.

  • Complete operations - that is, park and shut down vehicle according to manufacturer's specifications, organisational policies and procedures and relevant legislation, report faults or malfunctions, clean and store vehicle and equipment according to organisational policies and procedures, and complete and submit documentation as per organisational requirements.

  • Minimal impact driving techniques to ensure protection of the environment.

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