All truckers should understand the safety inspection process
Know Your Truck
Safety Should be first
Commercial truck drivers are trained to understand how to drive as safely and responsibly as possible while on the road. As part of this mission, the Department of Transportation carries out safety inspections to ensure truck drivers are truly being as safe as can be. Truck drivers should be aware of what takes place during an inspection so they have a better chance of passing their inspection successfully.
How it works
During an inspection
Standard inspections are when a driver's documents are looked over, as well as the contents of the trailer for potentially prohibited or illegal materials. Examples of documents checked include medical card, driver's license, and daily log with daily driving hours. Specific parts of the truck that are examined consist of coupling devices, seatbelts, headlights, emergency exits, frame, fuel system, and trailer bodies.
Special inspections are when a specific truck feature is examined, usually with the intention of overruling a previous claim or gathering evidence for a trend or study. Often, this is a one-time inspection. Here it's worth noting that truck accident attorneys are well aware of DOT truck safety rules and inspection claims. It's this knowledge that allows them to build a case against a negligent truck owner and driver.
Level VI Inspection
This level of the truck safety inspection is intended for drivers who transport highway route controlled quantities of radioactive materials, all of which are required to successfully pass the North American Standard Level VI Inspection. During this step of the inspection process, the truck is inspected for radiological transporting requirements, checking for radiological shipments, enhancements up to level 1, and other inspection measures.
Truck drivers should make sure they're always well-prepared for a safety inspection. Proper preparation consists of testing the headlights, high as well as low beams; brake lights; checking tires, including mudflaps and splash guards; and looking for cracks in the windshield, which can become worse over time if they aren't tended to. You can get a complete safety checklist online.