5 easy pre-trip inspection tips

May 14, 2024 Casey Nighbor

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Ensuring safety and compliance with regulations is paramount for truck drivers. A good way to keep safety top of mind is to always (always!) conduct a pre-trip inspection. Inspections eliminate downtime, violations and mitigate incidents on the road.

Here are 5 quick tips to conduct your inspections with ease.

  1. Establish a routine

The best way to always be able to complete all the necessary inspection steps is to establish a consistent process. Knowing the step-by-step process backward and forward means you can complete your inspections faster and more efficiently each time.

  1. Address issues quickly

Inspections are only useful if the vehicle defects or deficiencies are noted and corrected. It’s crucial that you notify someone if any problems are found so they can be fixed as soon as possible.

  1. Check it twice

This is not the time to second guess. It’s okay (and a good idea!) to double-check or triple-check the pre or post-trip inspection items if you are unsure of what you previously checked. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

  1. Inspect yourself too

You are also an important part of the inspection process.

Ask yourself:

  • How are you feeling?
  • How is your attitude?
  • Are you distracted?

  1. Keep it clean

A clean and well-maintained truck not only reflects professionalism but also increases safety. Keep the exterior and interior of your truck clean and free from clutter. Ensure that cargo and loose items in your cab are properly secured.

By following these five easy tips, truck drivers can prepare effectively and increase their safety on the road.

Watch our pre-inspection video here.

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