Smyser & Associates Driver Evaluation
Driver’s Name Date
License No. State Equipment:
PART 1: Pre-Trip Inspection & Emergency Equipment
Checks general condition approaching unit.
Looks for leakage of coolants, fuel, lubricants.
Checks under hood (oil, water, general condition of engine compartment, steering).
Checks around unit (tires, lights, trailer hookup, brake and light lines, body, doors, horn, windshield wipers)
Tests brake action, tractor protection valve, and parking (hand) brake.
Knows use of jacks, tools, emergency warning devices, tire chains, fire extinguisher, spare fuses and four-
Cleans windshield, windows, mirror, lights, and reflectors.
PART 2: Placing Vehicle in Motion and Use of Controls
Starts motor without difficulty. Maintains proper engine speed while driving.
Allows proper warm-up. Basic knowledge of motors (gas, diesel).
Understands gauges on instrument panel. Does not abuse motor.
B. Clutch and Transmission
Starts loaded unit smoothly. Shifts gears smoothly.
Uses clutch properly. Uses proper hear sequence.
Times gearshifts properly.
Understands operating principles of air brakes. Understand low air warning
Knows proper use of tractor protection valve. Tests brakes before starting trip.
Controls steering wheel. Good driving posture and good grip on wheel.
Knows lighting regulations. Adjusts speed to range of headlights.
Uses proper headlight beams. Proper use of auxiliary lights.
Dims lights when meeting or following other traffic.
PART 3: Coupling and Uncoupling
Lines up units. Checks hook-up visually.
Hooks brake and lights line properly. Handles landing gear properly.
Secures trailer against. Proper hook-up of full trailer.
Backs under slowly. Secures power unit against movement.
Tests hook-up with power.
PART 4: Backing and Parking
Gets out and checks before backing.
Looks back as well as uses mirrors. Controls speed and direction properly while
Avoids backing from blind spot. backing.
B. Parking (City)
Does not hit nearby vehicles or stationary objects. Checks traffic conditions and signals when pulling
Parks proper distance from curb. out from parked position.
Sets parking brake, puts in gear, chocks wheels, Parks in legal and safe location.
shuts of motor.
C. Parking (Road)
Parks off pavement. Uses emergency warning signals when required.
Avoids parking on soft ground. Secures unit properly
PART 5: Backing and Parking
Uses gear properly ascending. Signals following traffic.
Gears down properly descending. Avoids sudden stops.
Stops and restarts without rolling back. Stops smoothly without excessive fanning.
Tests brakes at top of hill. Stops before crossing sidewalk when coming out
Uses brakes properly on grades. of driveway or alley.
Uses mirrors to check traffic in rear. Stops clear of pedestrian crosswalks.
PART 6: Operating in Traffic: Passing and Turning
Gets in proper lane. Signals well in advance.
Checks traffic conditions and turns only when way Does not swing wide or cut short while turning.
B. Traffic Signs and Signals
Approaches signal prepared to stop if necessary. Notices and heads traffic signs.
Obeys traffic signals. Obeys “Stop” signs.
Starts smoothly on green light.
Adjust speed to permit stopping if necessary. Checks for cross traffic regardless of traffic
Yields right of way for safety. controls.
D. Grade Crossing
Adjusts speed to conditions. Selects proper gear.
Makes safe stop, if required.
Passes with sufficient clear space ahead. Warns driver being passed.
Does not pass in unsafe locations (hill, curve, Allows enough room when returning to right lane.
intersection). Pulls out and back with certainty.
Signals change of lanes. Does not tailgate.
Speed consistent with basic ability. Slows down in advance of curves, intersections.
Adjust speed properly to road, weather, traffic Slows down for rough roads.
conditions and legal limits. Maintains consistent speed.
G. Courtesy and Safety
Uses defensive driving techniques. Does not crowd other drivers or force way through
Yields right of way for safety. traffic.
Goes ahead when given right of way by others. Keeps right and in own lane.
Allows faster traffic to pass. Generally courteous and uses proper conduct.
PART 7: Miscellaneous
A. General Driving Ability and Habits
Consistently alert and attentive. Adequate self-confidence in driving.
Adjusts driving to meeting changing conditions. Is not easily angered.
Performs routing functions without taking eyes from Positive attitude.
road. Good personal appearance, manner, cleanliness.
Checks instruments regularly while driving. Good physical stamina.
Willing to take instructions and suggestions.
B. Rules and Regulations
Knowledge of Company rules. Knowledge of speak truck routes.
Knowledge of regulations (federal, state, local).
D. Use of Special Equipment (Specify)
Semitrailer Other (Specify): Tractor / Trailer Semi.
Smyser & Associates
PO Box 1225
Brentwood, CA 94513