Circle of Safety Walk around our vehicles before we “jump in and go On the road • Slow down to avoid crashes • Anticipate stops. Brake early. • Be alert and drive defensively. • Stop for rest when you get tired You have needs or so the law states Every driver is responsible to: • understand the company’s maintenance plan • carry out those inspections and maintenance required by the owner • carry out any inspections required by legislation, such as vehicle trip inspections • complete any documents required by the owner and return those documents to the owner • ensure the vehicle is inspected, or make it available for inspection, as specified in the company’s preventive maintenance plan • report any on-road inspections received from an enforcement officer and provide the documents to the carrier • notify the carrier of any defects found during an inspection; • not operate any vehicle with a defect that would jeopardize the safety of the driver or any other person It has more than Purpose it has Absolute Safety in Mind The purpose of a daily vehicle inspection is to ensure the early identification of a vehicle problem and defects before the vehicle is operated on the highway. Inspections prevent the operation of a vehicle with conditions that are likely to cause or contribute to the severity of a collision. The trip inspection process is part of a carrier’s legal requirement to have and implement a written maintenance program. It also ensures there is clear communication within the company about the vehicle’s dayto-day safety. Inspection reports serve as communication between drivers, the carrier and the carrier’s maintenance department. Reports are used to verify inspections, record defects, report defects and may be used to verify repairs. Reports are completed immediately following an inspection. A brief overview of the daily inspection program includes: • The driver conducts an inspection on a vehicle or combination of vehicles. • The inspection is conducted with the use of a schedule which lists the vehicle components and systems that require inspection. • The driver completes a report of the inspection. • The inspection and report are valid for 24 hours. • The driver is to carry the schedule and report in the vehicle. • The driver records any defects found during the inspection, while en route and at the end of the trip or day. • The driver reports defects to the carrier. Record means WRITE IT DOWN Recording defects The driver is required to record a defect on the report immediately after the initial inspection or upon discovery of a defect while travelling or when discovered at the end of a trip or day. An absolute NO- NO Vehicle not to be operated with a major defect No carrier shall permit a person, and no person shall, drive a commercial vehicle on a highway when a major defect that is listed on an inspection schedule is present on the vehicle. Circle check The drawings below illustrate one way to make a full circle check. Do a walk-around check before starting any trip. The circle check may be done in any order, but make sure that you check everything and always make a complete circle around the vehicle. Much of the pre-trip information listed below is common to all commercial vehicles. Where there are extra items for specific vehicle types, it is indicated under its own heading. It is a start Daily walk-around procedure – items to check: Starting at the front of the vehicle and going down the driver’s side of the vehicle, from the front to the back, check the following: Outside the Vehicle You’ve got Air The Business End the Front Check those Tires A few more items Please Oh! Pulling a Trailer you Say Are you looking at my Rear Ok jump in turn me on! Safety First Safety Always Just a few more items • Any brake problems must be reported so the necessary repairs can be done. • (Tractor protection system) • (Park control valve) • (Supply circuit) • (Air system leaks) • (Service brake response) You need a rest Rest and check stops serve two purposes. • First, they provide a break and a change of routine. You will feel less tired and more alert after a rest stop. • Second, you can check your vehicle after it has been on the road for some time. Do the Trucker walk at your Break A vehicle inspection at a rest and check stop should include the following: • All lights are clean and in working order. • There are no air leaks. • All the wheels are secure, and tires are properly inflated and are not hot. • There are no broken or loose items on the vehicle. • The load is secure. • The dangerous goods placards are clean and secure (if applicable). • The trailer locking mechanisms are secure and in good condition. • The brakes are properly adjusted. At the end of the Day Post-trip inspection At the end of a shift, it is recommended you do a post-trip inspection. This will enable you to obtain service or repairs if required before the next trip. The report should include any problems discovered during the trip. Waiting to do the inspection can result in problems that are frustrating, time consuming and costly.
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