Always Be Ready: Prep Checklist

Always Be Ready: Prep Checklist
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Before you hit the road for a long assignment, you better make sure you’re prepared for all possible setbacks. In order to secure optimum safety while on the road, it is crucial to make sure everything is working properly. We’ve put together a helpful checklist to make your prep less of a memory game so you can hit the road in no time!

Inside the truck:

  • Check the brakes– without acceleration apply the brakes while the truck is in gear, also test emergency break
  • Steering– wheel should have full range of motion and turn wheels efficiently
  • Gauges– all correctly positioned when engine is running such as oil and air pressure
  • Transmission selector– easily shift into any gear
  • Radio– if equipped, do a radio check before dispatch
  • Horn– distinct and loud enough to be heard
  • Wipers– work efficiently and washer fluid is plentiful
  • Heat/AC– work properly, also make sure defroster has no issues
  • Fire extinguisher– present in cab and useable
  • Warning devices– all devices present in cab and useable
  • Seat belts– work efficiently

 Outside of the truck:

Making sure the exterior of your truck can get a bit tricky if you’re trying to check everything on your own, so try and see if someone else is available to help you out!

  • Lights and signals– assure that headlights (high and low beams), clearance lights, identification lights, 4-way flashers, turn signals (front and back), tail lights, break lights, stop lights, and reflectors work efficiently
  • Tires– properly inflated and inspected for tread wear
  • Mirrors- all in tact and adjusted to driver’s preferences
  • Windows– secured and function properly
  • Body damage- report any damage prior to transportation assignment
  • Cargo tie-downs- placed properly and working efficiently
  • Fuel tank and cap– attached properly and secured

Preparation doesn’t stop there.

Even though you checked everything and it all seems to be working properly before you hit the road, things may not go as expected while on route.  You may need to rewire lights, change fuel filters, refill coolant, etc. You can always ask for help, and having the extra equipment can save you a lot of time! It’s a good idea to keep a handy bag of these items incase you run into some unwanted issues while transporting your cargo:

  • Jug of oil
  • Jug of coolant
  • Torch
  • Fuel filters
  • Tools (hammer, screw driver, wrench, etc.)
  • Extra sets of lights (break lights, headlights, etc.)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Cloth rags

Common bumps on the road:

For your convenience, has compiled a list of the most common issues drivers face while on the road, so you can be better prepared incase of an incident! The most common bumps on the road include:

  • Leaking radiator
  • Tire repairs
  • Burst hose
  • Overheating
  • Oil change
  • Alternator replacement
  • Replacing fuel filter

It is very important to be prepared at all times, especially when truck driving. A lot of things can slow you down on the road, but having the proper items can help you to avoid major problems and get moving quickly. Trekking across the nation should be stress free, so decrease your risks of running into any issues before you leave so you can enjoy the open road and get back as fast as possible!

Author: Hit The Road Jack

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