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In United States there are legal requirements for commercial vehicle drivers to conduct pre-trip inspections. These inspections are meant to ensure that the vehicle is in proper working condition, which contributes to road safety.
Drivers may need to document their pre-trip inspections by completing a checklist or form provided by their employer or regulatory authorities.
This declaration or record serves as evidence that the driver has conducted the necessary inspections and is aware of the vehicle's condition before starting a trip. Failing to perform pre-trip inspections or neglecting to address identified issues can lead to legal consequences and compromise road safety.
1.Tire Inspection :
Every 10 F change in air temperature can make vehicle, truck, and light truck tires lose one psi pressure.
2. Lights and Reflectors Check :
Verify the proper functioning of exterior lights, turn signals, warning lights, and clean lenses for maximum visibility.
3. Brake Examination :
Assess the brake system both inside the cab and externally. Verify proper brake adjustment with the slack adjuster, inspect brake linings for the appropriate thickness, and ensure air lines are free from damage, leaks, and properly sealed.
4. Engine Inspection:
Check the engine compartment for various components, such as the radiator, air compressor, steering gearbox, water pump, belts, hoses, and wiring.
5. Fuel Tank and Battery Check :
Visually examine the fuel tank and battery area to ensure no cracks or leaks. Verify the battery levels for sufficient power and proper charging.
6. Fluid inspection :
Inspect fluids under the truck for signs of leaks, including fuel, oil, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid.
7. Windshield :
Chipped, cracked, or deteriorated glass weakens the final barrier that prevents the driver from being thrown during an accident and can inhibit clear road visibility.
8. Emergency Kit :
Road flares, triangles, and a fire extinguisher are the emergency equipment necessary to safeguard the vehicle and the driver should an accident or breakdown occur and must not be missing or broken.
9. Mirrors with Swivel Mounts :
Frozen or loose mirrors prevent the driver from properly adjusting them to cover blind spots. It can create a greater risk of hitting the side or colliding when turning.
10. Coupling System Assessment :
Examine the coupling system, paying close attention to the kingpin and sliding fifth wheel locking pin.
11. Cabin Inspection :
Temperature Inside the cabin, check the seat belts for wear or fray and ensure a snug fit. Assess the operation and functionality of inside and outside mirrors, seat position, steering wheel, pedals, windshield, wipers, horns, lights, and gauges.
12. Trailer Examination :
Conduct a thorough inspection of the trailer for mechanical defects that might hinder secure mounting to the tractor.
13. Back of the Truck Inspection :
Before hooking up to a trailer, check the back of the truck for properly inflated tires with decent tread, undamaged brake chambers, intact shocks and airbags, a clean driveshaft without debris in the u-joints, a sturdy and unbroken frame, well-greased fifth wheel, and leak-free fuel tanks.
14.Fuel Guage :
Timely resolution prevents the risk of running out of fuel unexpectedly, saving you the hassle, time, and potential danger of getting stranded. Properly functioning fuel gauges contribute to efficient fuel consumption, leading to long-term savings on fuel expenses.
NOTE: Please Attach Fuel Guage & Odometer's Live Picture with Timestamps on it.
The driver's declaration of pre-trip inspections signifies the formal acknowledgment and confirmation that a thorough examination of the vehicle has been diligently conducted before the commencement of the journey.
This declaration is typically documented through a structured checklist or report, detailing the inspection of critical omponents such as brakes, lights, tires, fluid levels, mirrors, and emergency equipment. By submitting this declaration, he driver affirms their responsibility in upholding safety standards, regulatory compliance, and ensuring the
roadworthiness of the vehicle in accordance with established protocols and guidelines.
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