A Second Look: Drive Pre-Trip Inspection

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

In the December 19, 2016 issue of the Workplace Safety & Risk Management newsletter, we featured the Bullets: Driver Pre-Trip Inspections. This looked at three specific Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations that cover the inspection of equipment, emergency equipment and cargo.

The following bullets are derived from FMCSR 392.7, Equipment, inspection and use, and 392.8, Emergency equipment, inspection and use, and 392.9, Inspection of cargo, cargo securement devices and systems.

Before driving, the driver must –

Confirm the following are in good working order – service brakes (including trailer brakes), parking brake, steering mechanism, lighting devices and reflectors, tires, horn, windshield wiper(s), rear-vision mirror(s), coupling devices, wheels and rims, emergency equipment.

Confirm that the required emergency equipment is in place and ready for use.

Confirm that the CMV’s cargo is properly distributed and adequately secured.

Confirm that cargo or any other object does not obscure the driver’s view ahead or to the sides, or interfere with the free movement of the driver, does not prevent the driver’s ready access to emergency accessories or prevent the free and ready exit of any person from the CMV.

Want to know more? Learn what specific emergency equipment the FMCSRs require in every CMV. Learn what specific requirements the FMCSRs set out on proper cargo securement. Find these in NLBMDA's Transportation and Fleet Safety Toolkit at dealer.org.

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