Proper vehicle inspection is more than just about ensuring vehicle safety—it also guarantees safety on the road. Inspections before a trip can catch any damage or things that need to be fixed before driving. Post-trip inspections are just as necessary as well, as they will ensure everything is still secure and that you’re not in need of semi-truck repair. If any damage occurred on the road, then a post-trip inspection will catch it before the next trip. Not taking the time to inspect your truck and trailer safely can risk breakdowns, dangerous accidents or roadside emergencies.
Pre-Trip Inspections: Visual and Under Hood Inspection
Sometimes just walking around your truck will catch any issues with a simple but thorough visual inspection. First, make sure all tires are in safe condition with enough air pressure, and that there are no cuts or stones on the tires. Check that all couplings are correctly attached and secured for the trip, as well as any electrical cords.
Engine checks should also be done in addition to routine engine maintenance. Ensure that all fluid levels are full and that there aren’t any leaks or drips. Fan belts should be checked for any damage or cracks and replaced if necessary. Semi-truck repairs should always be handled before a trip, no matter how minor it may seem.
Pre-Trip Inspections: Properly Secured Load
Load shift accidents are a dangerous situation when a cargo load shifts or comes loose during transport. Avoiding this risk is a matter of double-checking a load before driving to ensure that everything is in place. Trailer loads should be evenly disturbed with the weight spread to avoid the risk of the truck rolling over, and the load should be securely attached. Any movement during a trip can change the balance with the risk of the load coming free or an imbalance causing the truck to crash. Check to ensure that all cargo is securely and properly tied-down to ensure there is no risk of anything falling over during transport. Then, double-check again for added safety!
Sometimes, load shifts or accidents can still happen with unexpected accidents involving other vehicles. If that ever happens, Pro-Tow 24 Hour Towing is just a call away for any emergency towing and load shift assistance.
Post-Trip Inspections: Double Check Again
While pre-trip inspections are important to avoid on-route accidents, a post-trip inspection will catch and prevent unexpected semi-truck repairs or delays. Problems that occurred during a trip may not be immediately noticed without a proper inspection. Re-checking everything that was inspected before a trip will ensure that everything is still in proper order. If any new issues have occurred during the trip, a post-trip inspection will catch the problem before it worsens.
Motorplex provides fleet maintenance in Spokane WA, and fleet maintenance in Auburn, WA. We can work on any make and model, from light auto, medium and heavy-duty trucks. Call Motorplex now to book an appointment!