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SISODRV302A - Drive and recover a 4WD vehicle


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 vehicle through and over a variety of terrain types. This includes the application of basic vehicle recovery techniques and maintenance.

The unit includes the following:

  • Determine structural and handling differences between a conventional two wheel drive and a four wheel drive vehicle.

  • Identify the purpose and use of front wheel hubs where appropriate, recovery points and mounting features.

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

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

  • Select equipment  and check working condition according to manufacturer's recommendations and organisational policies and procedures.

  • Access relevant sources  to interpret weather and environmental information and determine activity plan.

  • Determine food and water requirements according to principles of nutrition and contextual issues.

  • Perform routine pre-departure checks and take action to correct any deficiency.

  • Apply safe vehicle loading practices and secure personal items according to organisational policies and procedures.

  • Advise passengers of safety precautions to be taken when traversing rough terrain according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

  • Drive in a variety of terrain types, including surveying tracks to identify hazards, asses risk and select routes that minimise damage to the environment, apply smooth accelerator control strategies and correct braking techniques over a range of terrain types.

  •  Identify situations where the engagement of four wheel drive is required, and engage 4WD and front hubs or centre differential lock where required.

  • Use appropriate range, gear, speed, driving and braking technique to negotiate a range of terrain types while maintaining control of vehicle at all times.

  • Perform a stop and reverse on a moderate incline.

  • Identify risks associated with vehicle recovery and develop and implement strategies to minimise risks according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

  • Identify recovery points and prepare vehicles for recovery. Apply recommended mounting strategy on the 4WD vehicle and use of rated recovery equipment.

  • Apply techniques for joining recovery or snatch strap.

  • Coordinate safe recovery of a four wheel drive vehicle using a single snatch strap.

  • Apply techniques for arresting the snatch strap in case of breakage during recovery.

  • Perform post recovery checks and repairs.

  • Access maintenance equipment and conduct routine maintenance and minor repair tasks.

  • Demonstrate safe use of a jack to support a four wheel drive vehicle on uneven ground, according to organisational policies and procedure and manufacturer's specifications.

  • Complete vehicle performance reports and notify designated personnel.

  • Evaluate performance and identify improvements for future four wheel driving activities.

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Note: All Nationally Recognised Training is delivered in partnership with the RTO Health Security Education RTO #40907

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