Operate Vehicles In The Field – PMASUP236B

Course Contents – PMASUP236B

Prepare vehicle and secure load

  • Conduct vehicle familiarisation checks before starting journey
  • Note and rectify any defects where possible or report vehicle for further attention/repair
  • Ascertain that all required fuel, water and other supplies required for the journey are available and in useable order
  • Inspect all ancillary equipment and operational accessories to ensure they have been attached or secured in a safe and agreed manner
  • Secure load including external loads, rear tray, roof racks, and any loads within the vehicle, using appropriate securing equipment.

Undertake journey

  • Familiarise oneself with the route to ensure that an appropriate route has been determined
  • Interpret access manuals and topographical maps in order to obtain required information for journey
  • Obtain relevant authorisations/notifications and accesses before starting the journey
  • Confirm and/or clarify or communicate journey details with relevant company personnel
  • Monitor driving conditions and requirements constantly, to meet any changes in terrain, weather conditions and road conditions and requirements
  • Monitor and maintain fluid levels and air pressures to ensure safe and efficient vehicle operations
  • Monitor vehicle constantly for any malfunctions or factors that may affect vehicle performance
  • Maintain vehicle speeds within all stated limits and road condition limitations to minimise the risk of personal injury, environmental damage and load damage
  • Maintain communication as required with the relevant company personnel to advise of progress and journey status.
  • Ensure seatbelts are worn by all personnel while the vehicle is in motion.

Operate vehicle

  • Apply knowledge of vehicle differences to the driving requirements of four wheel drive and conventional vehicles
  • Adhere to general principles of four wheel driving in negotiating a variety of terrains and driving conditions
  • Use defensive driving techniques
  • Observe additional precautions for night driving
  • Drive to suit road conditions
  • Observe rules prohibiting driving under the influence of alcohol and other performance inhibiting substances.

Finalise journey

  • Communicate and confirm termination of journey with the relevant company personnel
  • Visually inspect the vehicle to ensure that vehicle is in good repair and order
  • Unsecure trailer loads and prepare for unloading utilising the agreed uncoupling process
  • Report faults or damage to vehicle to appropriate personnel.

Recover vehicle

  • Identify and assess options for recovery of an immobilised vehicle
  • Operate recovery equipment safely
  • Perform a battery ‘jump start’ safely
  • Observe safety precautions when rigging cables and chains
  • Demonstrate various methods of vehicle recovery
  • Change a wheel on a properly jacked vehicle.

Maintain vehicle safety

  • Observe appropriate speeds for the road conditions
  • Ensure all personnel use a seat belt
  • Observe site specific vehicle entry restrictions
  • Follow appropriate search and rescue notification procedures
  • Follow appropriate procedures for passing large or heavy vehicles.

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