The Blue Mountains Four Wheel Drive Club has a policy of educating four wheel drivers both in the responsible use of their vehicles and the responsible use of the environment. The Club's Driver Awareness Program (or DAP) is a compulsory component of joining the Club. All new members must attend both sessions of the program before they can participate in any of the Club's activities, excepting monthly meetings.
The Driver Awareness Program is intended to provide drivers with the basic advice necessary for enjoying four wheel driving. Nothing can replace experience, but the DAP aims to provide a good stepping stone towards gaining that experience with a safer, more responsible understanding of, and attitude towards, four wheel driving.
The DAP consists of two sessions, a Theory Session and a Practical Session.
The Theory Session covers all the aspects of four wheel drive vehicles, handling, maintaining and preparing them; the four wheel driver, attitude, preparation and responsibilities; and the impact of four wheel drives on the environment, driving responsibilities, caring for the tracks, impact minimization and access requirements.
The Practical Session covers demonstrations of the basic activities that are likely to be encountered during a four wheel drive outing, key-start recovery, use of recovery equipment, handling of obstacles, vehicle guidance and so on.