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Preparing for Roadside Inspections
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Roadside Inspections are Nearing; How to be Prepared

August 19, 2019

Roadside inspections can seem daunting and intimidating. As roadside inspection nears, stress, and tension on drivers to pass are imminent. Being well prepared for roadside inspections can help your driver feel more at ease and secure in passing checks. Since road inspection is becoming more pertinent, we have gathered tips and helpful information to make your drivers’ inspections go smoothly.

Understand and be Acquainted With What is on the Inspection

Understanding what is on a trucking inspection.

Despite being several types of roadside inspections out there, the most commonly used assessment is the Level- 1 roadside examination. This inspection encompasses a general overview of the truck as well as the operator of the vehicle. The inspection includes a review of the driver’s paperwork (including the driver’s Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) Form MCSA-5876, license, and hours-of-service record).  The physical vehicle examination will include the brake, exhaust, and fuel systems.  Included in this inspection will also cover how cargo is secured, lighting devices, and more.

Pre-Trip Inspections are Crucial

Taking the time to do a proper pre-trip inspection can save your driver valuable time in the long run!  By completing a Pre-trip inspection and taking the time to walk around your truck, helps the operator ensure that their vehicle complies with road regulations. Areas of focus include brakes, lights, and tires as well as any leaks or signs of an insecure load. Pre-trips will not only ensure that valuable downtime is not wasted, but money is saved on expensive repairs down the road.

An article written by Keep Truckin mentions that catching things such as dirty windshield could help! Quoted in the report, by Kentucky State Police Sergeant, Jason Morris, “A dirty windshield can target you for a roadside inspection.” In addition to being a safety issue, a dirty windshield can be a sign of other problems. Taking the time to inspect your truck and clear it of any difficulties, helps decrease the likelihood of being pulled over or unfavorable roadside inspection.

Helpful Hint:

Preparing a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) will help you go through this pre-trip inspection. Evaluate that the regulations listed, and make sure they are being maintained. For the full Federal Regulation, requirements visit –

Obey ALL Traffic Rules Obey the traffic laws

Obeying the traffic rules is the best way to prevent having to undergo an inspection.  It essential to follow the speed limit, hands-free laws, wear your seatbelt, and other various rules. A driver vastly decreases their chance of being pulled over by merely following the traffic laws, and it lessens their likelihood of facing an inspection.   Know the traffic rules around you and obey them.

Keep the Truck Clean and Know Where Items Are

By understanding where certain items, including emergency supplies, are located, drivers can point out these easily during an inspection. Additionally,  having crucial documents in order will also reduce stress during an inspection. ( explains to “Make sure you have your documentation organized and in order, ideally in a binder or folder that you can easily access. The following documents are what you’re going to need:

  • Driver’s license
  • Registration
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Medical Examiner’s Certificate
  • Record of Duty Status
  • Annual inspection records
  • Hazardous materials paperwork
  • IFTA card
  • Permit credentials.

Knowing where driving documents and safety equipment is crucial in cutting back time of inspections but also helping ensure inspections are passed.

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