How to avoid getting stopped a bunch:
Repair any exterior damage
Wash the truck and trailer
Keep the dash clear of everything
Wear a seatbelt
do you O/O's seemed to get more trouble from State Police on stops
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From what I've seen, most DOT wont bother you if you're not stupid. They will ask a question, like when was your last inspection or about your dot sticker, or if you have your trailer registration...something to determine whether or not you as a driver are on point.
In my line of work, they will ask slightly different questions, like "Do you know what the speed limit is? Do you know what time sundown is? Where are you planning to shut down?" Basically questions to see if I read my OSOW permit for that particular state.
If you were an inspector at a scale, who would YOU inspect?
A truck that is relatively clean, all the lights you could see worked, tires had decent tread and there was no visible body damage.
A truck that's covered in dirt, has a couple burned out lights and a damaged bumper/fairings.
Natural instinct is to harass the guy driving the truck that looks like a POS. First impressions are everything.Last edited: Jan 1, 2018
Reason for edit: Found a spelling error.
all my stuff in in a ring binder,pretty much in the order they ask for it so they just flip thru it. i usually get a comment about how nice it is.
my truck needs a paint job. bad. i still got called out at a scale over the intercom,saying it was a cool truck,and gonna look great when its painted.
Two reasons to keep it well maintained for me.
1) Landstar is gestapo about failing inspections, and they will simply fire you. So FEAR is a motivation.
2) With all the CSA nonsense now, you can be the best driver in the world, and unhirable because your license plate light keeps burning out.
3 inspections in the last 6 months, levels 1,2, & 3, Washington & Arizona. All clean & green.
Add about 5 more in the last 2 years, all clean.
You must keep your #### wired tight, cause 2 of them boys did not like writing those clean reports, especially the dude in Belt, MT giving me a level 2 when it was snowing flakes the size of 50 cent pieces, and I mean snowing like 29 mofo's.
I ran 3 log books, and all were immaculate. Hair was always combed, clean shaven.
Now I'm on e log, and have gone to hell in a hand basket.
All depends on the info that goes with the mc number on the truck and what the officer sees .
If the officer sees a bad carrier score , ratty looking truck that never gets washed .
Driver looks like a Woodstock reject to lazy to shower .
That tells the officer the driver and the carrier probably doesent give a tinkers dam ...inspect !
Legal clean truck with clean driver and decent safety score ...roll on .
A level 1 for takes about 25 minutes. Paperwork is in my book in inspection order. No oil leaks, no air leaks, brake shoes are never less than 30%, good tires, properly inflated. I have days off every week so I always have plenty of hours on my 70. When they speak to me I am courteous and professional and let them know that I'm a serious business person who takes pride in my profession. I've never had a problem with inspectors.bzinger Thanks this.
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