The Australian Bus and Coach Drivers’ Guide covers:

  • Pre-operational inspections
  • Vehicle operations
  • Low risk driving and advanced driving techniques, including ecodriving
  • Transport compliance
  • Additional risk tasks

It incorporates chapters for training Certificate III drivers, to supplement these ideas with information for more advanced/experienced drivers. It focuses on attaining the competency unit, TLIC3042A Operate coach/bus.

The Guide also addresses:

  • Particular hazards (in Australian environments)
  • Mechanical failures
  • Rescue operations
  • Urban driving
  • Rural and remote driving
  • Mining, construction and industrial driving
  • Snow field driving
  • Route navigation
  • Minor mechanical repairs
    • Safety aspects
    • Fuel
    • Wheels
    • Drive belts
    • Bulbs
    • Fuses.

It summarises the entire process to provide an overview of the Australian heavy passenger transport industry. This may seem to be inverted, but in order to make it easier to reference information (for the reader), it places this material at the end of the manual.

Australian Bus and Coach Drivers’ Guide outlines characteristics of the bus and coach industry of Australia, and all of its sectors (route, school, charter, tours, etc). It also addresses current safety and environmental issues facing the industry.

Examination of the process of becoming a bus driver, a driver’s attitude and responsibilities, and applying for a heavy vehicle driver licence and driver authorisation are all included in the manual.

The last section outlines the various means of developing bus drivers’ or coach captains’ skills to the highest levels of professionalism.