Pre and post trip inspections help make your vehicle safer by preventing accidents that happen because of vehicle deficiencies by ensuring that its in safe operating condition.Inspections also help curb the amount of loss that occurs to persons and property, not to mention it allows you and your vehicle to meet US DOT and Canada regulatory requirements.
It’s your responsibility as a driver to discover and fix vehicle issues before roadside inspectors look at your vehicle. Even the most minor vehicle deficiency can affect your vehicle, so nothing should be overlooked, no matter how small it seems to you during the inspection process.
Also, think of it this way, noticing an issue and being able to repair the problem at your home terminal is a lot more efficient and cost-effective then having to stop during your trip and fix the issue.
When approaching your vehicle, the following are some questions you should always be asking yourself:
- Does anything look out of place?
- Do you see any damage?
- Is there anything in the surrounding area?
- Is the vehicle sagging?
- Is the cargo secured?
- Are there any leaks or fluids on the ground?
- Are there any low hanging wires or tree branches?
11 Step Pre-Trip Inspection Process:
- Vehicle overview
- Driver side of the tractor
- Front of tractor
- Passenger side of tractor
- Rear of tractor
- Coupling system of the tractor
- Driver side of the trailer
- Passenger side of the trailer
- Rear of the trailer
- Coupling system on the driver’s side
- Inside the tractor
Before finishing the inspection, don’t forget to run through engine start procedures. You should also check that warning lights, gauges and the back-up alarm are all in good working order.