When it comes to trucking, your best bet is to always have your pre-trip taken care of. For those of you who roll without being in the know, a pre-trip is trucker short-hand for an inspection of your vehicle before rolling down the asphalt. You don’t want to be at fault for any “bumps in the road.” So why not take the extra precaution and make sure that it’s all swell from there? If everything is in working order and all the cargo is correct, then there should be nothing to worry about, in theory. So, that said, when you do come across any issues or damages, they have to be done for before departure! That way you can fufill the federal law of FMCSR Section 396.11, which states that you have to send a Daily Vehicle Inspection Report – known as DVIR – for every power unit under operation.
Pre-Trip Tip #1: Make The Time!
Don’t delay! Check today! The sooner you find any issues, the faster you can fix them before getting too involved in the journey. Your schedule – and your sleep regiment – will thank you, surely.
Prioritize! Check Off The Most Required Of Requirements!
This includes Service Brakes, Steering Mechanisms, Wheels… Well, why not just list them for your nerve-wracking pleasure?
- Windshield wipers
- Emergency equipment
- Coupling devices
- Rear vision mirrors
- Wheels and rims
- Steering mechanism
- Lighting devices and reflectors
- Parking brake
- Service brakes including trailer brake connections
Matching the trail number and checking the paperwork is crucial to your development as a professional truck driver. Without these necessary precautions, the destination you confirm may be as good as incorrect. Which is not good at all! Do your homework and be sure that whatever shipment your sending is for real the real deal!
It’s important for the sake of the customer and/or client!