Wednesday, 2 November 2016

5 Must-Do Pre-Trip Inspection Checks

5 Must-Do Pre-Trip Inspection Checks
5 Must-Do Pre-Trip Inspection Checks
Every truck driver knows that a truck isn’t just a vehicle - it is also a business, and sometimes your home away from home. You expect your house and your job to be safe, so you should also expect the same from your truck.

How do you ensure your truck’s safety? Well, it’s pretty simple - thoroughly complete your pre-inspection and driver vehicle inspection reports!

But what should you do during an inspection? Here are 5 tips to help you during your truck inspections.

Where's the Safety Equipment?

The safety kit is one of the key safety measures any truck can have. But if you’re using a company truck shared by drivers, not everybody will keep the same consideration for emergency kit.

While you’re required to have certain items in your safety kit, you’ll do best to stock your emergency kit with reflective, hazard triangles, flags, flares, fire extinguishers, spare bulbs, and fuses.

Illuminate Your Truck

When you check your truck, you need to make sure you have clean, functional lights and reflectors. This is crucial for increasing your visibility at night, and bad reflectors can increase hazardous conditions for your ride.

Examine your truck from front to back, checking your clearance lights, headlights (both high and low beams), taillights, turn signals, four-way flashers, brake lights, and red reflectors and amber reflectors.

Be thorough, because visibility is one of the most important safety precautions you can take.

Under Pressure

Let’s face it, tires are ALWAYS a big deal. When you check out your tires, you need to inspect the air pressure, look for cuts or damages, correct mismatched sizes, and identify badly worn treading.

If you see your wheels have damaged rims, shiny, metallic threads, or any other indicators of bad tire health, now is the time to fix it. You do not want a blowout while you’re driving! Trust us on that one.

Give It the Brakes

As far as your brakes go, you need to look out for cracked drums, brake pads covered in oil, grease, or brake fluid, and brake shoes worn thin, missing, or altogether broken.

Brake inspections may seem like a no-brainer, but a comprehensive check has a lot of steps. But think about it, brakes are one of the hardest working devices in your vehicle. So check your brake adjustment with the slack adjuster, so that you know your brake chamber air lines are secure and flexible. Don’t forget to look for line leaks, mechanical damage, and healthy seals on your equipment.

Upgrade Your Truck’s Logs

At the end of the day, you need to make sure you have your paperwork in order. You already know that TruckLogics is key in reducing your carbon footprint, but you can now also have a digital DVIR on your iPad or Android tablet, allowing you to do away with the annoyance of paper logs. Hey, let’s just leave that behind us, shall we?

If you want to enter the modern age of logs, TruckLogics will be there to help your fleet transition into the digital paperwork. If you have questions about TruckLogics, give us a call or request a demo.

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