Proper Pre-Trip For Newbies

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by American-Trucker, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. Awesome Possum

    Awesome Possum Light Load Member

    Aug 15, 2011
    Ft Lauderdale FL
    Thanks for the guide AT, have it saved on my cell and laptop, just wish I could find a place to print it out.

    Looking for a team driver? :biggrin_255: I swear if the other driver waits until after we leave a rest/truck stop before lighting up in the cab, I'm going to make him sleep in the trailer!
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  3. KiloByte

    KiloByte Bobtail Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    Just shout it all out, you shouldn't have a problem after awile.
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  4. Boo Boo

    Boo Boo Bobtail Member

    Sep 25, 2011
    make sure your blinker fluid is full
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  5. Director

    Director Bobtail Member

    Nov 4, 2011
    Well folks don't lot DOT know you don't do a "real" pre-trip! You might want to read the law too. Good luck.

    BTW that's a great pre-trip American Trucker
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  6. thunderbolt

    thunderbolt Light Load Member

    Nov 2, 2011
    new river arizona
    just passed my driving test last sunday, your pre-trip was almost identical to ours. arizona has (pretty sure) 121 point insp. scored a 119
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  7. daddyhusky

    daddyhusky Light Load Member

    Jan 23, 2009
    Atlanta, GA

    That was cool- thanks! For those who laugh and say, "Yeah right, all that everyday?" I say 2 things:

    1) I'd rather fix stuff I catch than stuff that catches me!

    2) You get to know your truck well, and a lot of this goes fast. I tend to cruise through some things on the road and catch them more thoroughly between loads. The things I don't rush are oil, tire pressure, lights, brakes, and always double check everything on the beginning of the list: right trailer, freight, bill, etc. There is nothing like hauling the wrong load to the wrong side of the country.

    Ultimately you need to prove to DOT and your company you checked before you rolled.
  8. jeff1981

    jeff1981 Light Load Member

    Jan 11, 2009
    Pemaquid, ME
    Thanks for posting this, I'm going to use it as training material for new drivers. (Not that we get that many, but still)
  9. Brandonpdx

    Brandonpdx Road Train Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    Elkhart, IN
    You'll get to know your truck pretty well, but those company trailers that get passed around like working gals are something else entirely. Every time you hook a new one you need to be looking very carefully at it. You *will* routinely find stuff wrong with those if you're paying attention, because often other guys will look the other way or not look at all if they're more concerned about dodging shop delays and cramming as many miles as possible into their week than they are about making sure the trailer is safe and in good working order for the next person who uses it. So yeah, go through all the points carefully whenever you hook a new trailer even if it's a pain in the butt. That will save you some trouble at some point guaranteed.
  10. oneshot

    oneshot Medium Load Member

    Feb 28, 2009
    Just check everything,like your life and others depended on it.:biggrin_25514:
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  11. pacnorwestdriver

    pacnorwestdriver Light Load Member

    Dec 27, 2011
    vancouver, wa
    Ok here is something that bit me in the arse on a dot inspection. The light on the back of your trailer next to the rear side marker light that says abs on it should come on for 3 seconds and go out when you turn the key on, also the truck and trailer abs lights on the dash should do the same
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