Pre-Inspection For A Truck Before A Long Trip

Posted on: 10 May 2016

Truck drivers are required to visually inspect their trucks before a trip. They need to be satisfied with the result of the inspection before they can begin driving the truck, as required by law. An inspection must occur once every 24 hours. If the truck has an accident as a result of a truck defect, a judge would look at what a reasonable person would have done and would use this to determine whether the truck driver was acting unreasonably and should therefore be held financially responsible.

Performing An Inspection

A full inspection can take as little as 30 minutes. Features of the truck, such as the automatic transmission, electric starting system and air compressor, often need to be checked to make sure that the truck is running smoothly.

Ensuring That The Truck Is Visible

The truck should be inspected to determine how visible it is. Though trucks are very large, they can actually be difficult to see at night and will need stickers and other objects that can increase the visibility of the truck.

Inspecting The Hoses

Check the hoses for signs that there are leaks underneath. Look for sign that fluid is dripping on the underside of the engine and transmission. Leaks are a sign of a problem or a potential problem.

Checking The Fluid And Coolant Levels

Make sure that all the fluid and coolant levels are checked. Look at the reservoir sight glass. Another option is to remove the radiator cap and look at the visible coolant level.

Keeping The Caps On Tight

Keep caps on tight for oil filters, rad, dip stick and power steering. The engine fan needs to be inspected to make sure that there are no pieces missing out of the blade and to replace if necessary.

Check The Power Steering Dipstick

Determine where the power steering dipstick is located. Check the oil level to determine if it is in the safe operating range. There will be a refill mark that the level must be over.

Check The Belts To Make Sure They Are Tight Enough

Several belts will need to be checked to make sure that they are snug. These include the

  • Alternator belt

  • Water pump belt

  • Power steering belt

  • Air compressor belt

There are different types of professionals who are required to make inspections to different parts of the truck. For example, brake inspectors are responsible for making inspections maintenance and repairs to brakes. Try contacting a mobile truck repair professional for a more thorough inspection.