As well as being a regulatory requirement for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), proper vehicle inspections can go a long way in ensuring your vehicle’s safe and efficient operation.
Vehicle inspections can help in finding mechanical problems before they cause a breakdown or accident. This can help in avoiding costly on-the-road repairs as well as delays in deliveries.
A thorough vehicle inspection program can also play a role in avoiding citations and/or out-of-service orders during a roadside inspection.
This course is designed to help non-CDL CMV drivers conduct proper pre-trip, on-the-road, and post-trip inspections.
After completing this course, learners will be able to:
- Discuss when to complete a pre-trip inspection
- Describe how to conduct a five-step complete vehicle inspection
- Explain when an on-the-road inspection is required
- Recognize when a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report, or DVIR, is required
The J. J. Keller Safe and Smart Experienced Driver Training Program: Vehicle Inspections online course covers the following topics:
- Inspection Locations
- Types of Required Inspections
- Pre-Trip Inspection
- Consistent Inspection Pattern
Step 1: Engine Compartment and Front Axle
- First Step
- What to Inspect
Step 2: In-Cab and Engine Start
- Daily Required Items
- Inside the Vehicle
Step 3: The Walkaround
- Begin Walkaround
- Start at the Front
- Vehicle Condition
- Top, Down, and Under
- Passenger Side
- Make it a Habit
Step 4: Lights Inspection
- Lights Inspection
Step 5: Brake System
- Brake System Check
- Air Brakes
- Spot Problems
- Cargo and Load Securement
- Post-Trip Inspection
- What Not to Check
Length of Course: 35 minutes
Intended Audience: New hire, experienced non-CDL CMV drivers
Regs Covered (if applicable): FMCSR Section 392.7 and 396.13 (pre-trip), 392.9 (on-the-road), 397.17 (tires), and 396.11 (post-trip)
Formats: Online Course
Copyright Date: 2020
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