CDL Practice Tests Vehicle Inspection

Inspection is Necessary

You must inspect your vehicle to ensure safety for you and others on the road.

Issues with a vehicle found before a trip will save you money and possibly your life. Preventative maintenance is key to keeping your vehicle safe and to avoid costly repairs.

Federal Department of Transportation officers can also inspect your vehicle. A D.O.T officer will scrutinize your vehicle. If anything is wrong they will write you a ticket or even worse they will put the vehicle out of service.

3 Kinds of Vehicle Inspection

The Pre-trip Inspection

The per-trip inspection should be done before you enter the vehicle every time.

During a Trip

  • Regularly check the gauges for any abnormalities.
  • Look in the mirrors to make sure everything is alright.
  • Check the most important items:
    • Tires, wheels and rims.
    • Brakes.
    • Lights and reflectors.
    • Air hoses and electrical connections to the trailer.
    • Trailer coupling devices.
    • Cargo fasteners.

Post-trip Inspection

Check the the vehicle at the end of every day. It is a good practice to keep a log of any repairs that may need to be done.

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