RoadCheck 2016 : 5 Things to Watch out For

There’s a lot going on out there, Trucking Nation. We’re not talking about summer vacation here, folks.

By now, you probably know that CVSA-certified inspectors are out there ready to inspect your vehicle.

And sure, a 37-point inspection might sound intimidating. But if you’ve been making your pre- and post-trip inspections, you have nothing to worry about.

So what should you look out for? According to Schneider, here are 5 of the main points inspectors will look for during CVSA Roadcheck 2016.

Brake System

Checking your brakes is essential in any situation – Roadcheck just drives that point home. You want to check your brakes for missing or damaged parts, faulty warning devices, air leaks, and incorrect air pressure adjustment.

Coupling Devices

When you check over your truck, be sure to check your coupling devices. Check the secured mounting for your fifth wheel, the spaces between plates, and any damaged parts that can make a locking mechanism faulty.

Cargo Securement

Roadcheck is all about safety. When you’re hauling loads, making sure you have proper cargo securement is major. Check for improper tailboard security, damaged tie-down anchor points, unsecured end gates and rear doors, and faulty cargo securement devices.

Suspension Check

Sometimes you expect a bumpy ride, but you don’t want to have a really rough haul. First, check for cracked, crooked (or) missing springs. Also watch out for loose shackles and u-bolts, unsecured spring hangars, and a misaligned or damaged front axle.

Tires and Wheels

This year’s special focus is everything tire related! Check your tires for improper inflation and tread groove depth. Make sure your wheels and rims don’t have any cracks or damaged parts. As for your hubs, look for leaks, misalignment, and damages.

So don’t get yourself into a rough spot – inspect your vehicle on the regular and you can breeze through Roadcheck.

If you haven’t worried too much about inspection so far, it’s never too late to start. Unless your truck breaks down, that is. But let’s just hope that won’t happen, right?

And since we’re talking about proactivity, we hear they’ve started pre-filing HVUT Form 2290 over at ExpressTruckTax!

Don’t wait until it’s too late – whether that’s pre-filing or pre-trip inspections. Be the trucker who is ready for everything.

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