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4 Tips for Making Roadside Inspections Pain-Free

Number of visits: Date:2017-11-02

Facing predictable but unavoidable events is often unpleasant, or why would nearly 25 percent of Americans wait until April 15 to do their taxes? Truckers know that a roadside inspection can happen at any time, and preparation can make the difference between getting a pass or a Level I. Just as certain deductions on a 1040 can trigger an IRS audit, there are clues on trucks that alert inspectors to look closer. These four tips can help truckers avoid the hassle.

1. Making a Good Impression

A company sign and a USDOT (United States Department of Transportation) number on the right and left doors demonstrates respect for complying with regulations. With the initial impression a good one, the next way to favorably impress an inspector is to have a clean and orderly cab. An interior that looks and smells bad may suggest that the maintenance of the truck is substandard as well.

The USDOT number identifies vehicles that travel throughout the United States and across its borders. To certify legal status for a vehicle, the number must have easy visibility. Vehicles that weigh less than 10,000 pounds of seat no more than eight people  do not need a USDOT number. In addition, carriers of hazardous materials that require a safety permit also need to display the number.


2. Eliminating Obvious Defects

Vehicle or trailer lamps that are out of order are easy to correct, but they’re also open invitations for an inspection. Paying special attention to the trailer breakaway system can help drivers avoid an unnecessary delay while inspectors take a look .Pre-trip inspect one are supposed to catch obvious visible defects. When they don’t, a stop at a repair facility or a call to road service prior to entering a weigh station may prevent a full-blown inspection.

Some of the violations that inspectors frequently discover include these common defects:

· faulty tires with inadequate tread

· defective or missing lighting on oversized loads

· non-working headlights, turn signals, and taillights

· failure to list previously detected defects on a driver vehicle inspection report

· grease or oil leaks


3. Demonstrating Proper Care of Legal Documents

Inspectors appreciate the care that drivers show for documents by making sure that everything is current and easy to access. Using a folder to secure the following documents makes them available immediately:

· annual inspection report

· driver’s log

· hazmat paperwork

· permit credentials

· medical examiner’s certificate

It goes without saying that you should have your driver’s license on you at all times.


4. Showing Respect for Authority

An inspector has the discretion to write citations to drivers and to companies that own vehicles. Showing respect during an inspection is as important as doing so in a traffic stop. Inspectors are carrying out the duties of a job that may not occur in the most pleasant environments, and understanding their challenges can lead to an amicable situation. An inspection may occur even when there is no reason to suspect the presence of defects, but cooperating with it is unfailingly the best option. The delay that it causes is usually shorter when the event is pleasant for all parties.

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