June Safety Moment: Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspections

Whether driving your own vehicle for fun or driving company vehicles for work, a small problem can turn into a big problem on the road. Vehicle safety inspections should be a regular part of your pre-trip routine.  Here are some tips to help you with the pre-trip process:

  1. Stick to a schedule –  Inspect the vehicle for safety before any trip. Even if no trip is planned, select one day of the work week to complete an inspection. Use a checklist to document what needs to be replaced or repaired.
  2. Check fluids – Check oil, coolant, power steering, and windshield washer fluids. Top them off if they are not filled to safe levels.
  3. Adjust lights and mirrors – Make sure high and low beam headlights, turn signals, taillights, brake lights, and license plate lights are functioning. Clean and properly position rear-view and side-view mirrors. If the vehicle has a backup camera, make sure the lens is clean.
  4. Examine brakes and tires – Check the vehicle’s tires to be sure they have the right tread depth and air pressure. Test the brakes for adequate stopping power and make sure the emergency brake is working.
  5. Train for safety – Train employees to perform inspections, and how to report vehicle safety issues and initiate repairs. Don’t forget to train them on how to use and check the safety features of the vehicles, including seat belts and crash avoidance systems.

Excerpt retrieved from:  http://www.tdi.texas.gov/takefive/safety/vehicle-inspections.html