A pre-trip inspection is an essential part of being a responsible and safe driver. It involves inspecting your vehicle before every trip to ensure that it’s in good working condition and safe to drive. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the importance of performing a pre-trip inspection and what to look for during the inspection. 

Why is a pre-trip inspection important? 

Performing a pre-trip inspection is crucial for several reasons: 

Safety: A pre-trip inspection can help identify any potential safety hazards before you hit the road. This can include issues with brakes, tires, steering, lights, and other critical components. 

Compliance: In some jurisdictions, commercial drivers are required by law to perform a pre-trip inspection before every trip. Failing to do so can result in fines and penalties. 

Cost savings: Catching issues before they become major problems can save you money in the long run. Preventative maintenance is often less expensive than major repairs. 

What to look for during a pre-trip inspection

Tires: Check the tire pressure, tread depth, and overall condition of each tire. Look for signs of wear, punctures, and bulges.

Lights: Check all lights, including headlights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights. Make sure they’re all working correctly.

Brakes: Test the brakes to make sure they’re working correctly. Check the brake pads and rotors for wear.

Steering: Check the steering wheel for play and make sure it’s not too loose or too tight. Test the power steering system if applicable.

Fluids: Check the engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and coolant levels. Top up as needed.

Wipers and washers: Make sure the windshield wipers are working correctly and replace them if necessary. Fill the windshield washer fluid if needed.

Belts and hoses: Check for any signs of wear or cracking on the belts and hoses. Replace them if necessary.

Emergency equipment: Make sure you have all the required emergency equipment, including a spare tire, jack, lug wrench, and reflective triangles.

Performing a pre-trip inspection is an essential part of being a responsible and safe driver. It can help identify potential safety hazards, ensure compliance with the law, and save you money in the long run. During the inspection, be sure to check the tires, lights, brakes, steering, fluids, wipers and washers, belts and hoses, and emergency equipment. By following these simple steps, you can help ensure that your vehicle is in good working condition and safe to drive.