Safety

Vehicle Inspections- Pre-Trip and Post-Trip
  TIRES

DRIVERS MUST CHECK IN MONTHLY!

If you drive or ride in any vehicle your safety is absolutely riding on your tires. Yes, I said the vehicle's tires. As a commercial driver the job of checking the condition of your assigned tractor and trailer is your responsibility and one that you should not take lightly. Tire failure can have deadly consequences. That is why tire inspection and maintenance is essential to your safety and others who share the road with you. 
Listed below are some simple rules to follow before you pull out on your next assignment:
1) Inspect your tires daily!
a) Do a pre-trip inspection
i. Are the tires in good working order? 
b) A complete tire, wheel and rim inspection must be part of your post-trip inspection report
c) If you are going hazardous material you must inspect your tires before your trip and anytime you are parked.
2) Do Not operate the unit if a tire has:
a) Body ply or belt material exposed through a cut or through the side wall or tread
b) Any tread separation
c) Any side wall of separation or damage
d) Any audible leak
e) Any flat tire
3) Check inflation:
a) Under inflation is the primary cause of most tire failure. Try to check tire inflation when tires are cool. Heat can cause tires to increase the air pressure by 5 to 15 P.S.I
4) Watch the weight:
a) Do not overload the tires beyond the weight limit recommended by the manufacturer and marked on the side wall of the tire.
5) Prepare for the worst!
a) If a steering tire fails, ease up on accelerator, keep firm grip on the steering wheel and mostly stay off the breaks. Only after you have made a safe stop and are off the main portion of the road should you consider turning off the motor and exiting the vehicle.
When you perform you’re pre- and post-trip inspections always remember the vehicle tire depth should be greater than 4/32” on the front steering tires and 2/32” all in all others.
DO NOT FORGET: BECAUSE YOU ARE TRYING TO EARN A PERMANENT POSITION WITH THESE CLIENTS. YOU HAVE TO DO YOUR JOB BETTER, SAFER AND SMARTER THAN THE OTHER DRIVERS OUT THERE.

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