It’s always a good idea to conduct a comprehensive pre-trip inspection before your fleet hits the road for any long trip. When it comes to fleet management, it’s better to be safe than sorry, and inspecting your fleet before it sets off is essential to ensure every truck gets to its final destination without unexpected, preventable issues arising.
Here are three tips to consider before you conduct your pre-trip inspection:
- Use a checklist. Before your trucks hit the road, every component of each vehicle should be inspected: the engine, the brakes, the back, the sides, the front, and more. To make sure you inspect everything, try using a checklist! These save you the time of trying to remember everything you should inspect and what you’ve already inspected. ATBS offers a free pre-trip checklist to download.
- Carve fifteen to thirty minutes for the inspection. Pre-trip inspections are no joke. Not only are they incredibly important from a safety perspective, but they’re actually required by law! Inspections also only take fifteen to thirty minutes, and they reduce liability in the case that your truck is in an accident.
- Catch damage before it causes problems. If you happen to find any minor issues with your vehicles before they go on long trips, make sure they are properly attended to or the damaged vehicle is replaced before the fleet sets out on a long trip! Taking care of even minor issues minimizes the risk of having your fleet break down on the road, causing delays and potentially causing accidents as well.
To save yourself time, consider completing the pre-trip inspection via a mobile app! Although it doesn’t matter how you conduct your inspection, it’s important to make sure you do conduct one.
If you run into truck trouble because your fleet experiences an emergency on a long trip, don’t hesitate to call Tow Pro at 888.695.1555 for a lift. Roadside emergencies are always a hassle, but we’ve got your back!