Course Contents – PMASUP236
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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