When To Perform Inspections for Your Transportation Business

Driving for work can come with many risks. Some of the dangers include vehicle accidents, mechanical issues, and more. That’s why drivers must ensure their vehicles are in proper working order. The Department of Transportation requires drivers to perform pre and post-trip inspections.

A pre-trip inspection involves a routine that truck drivers perform before they begin a work trip. This can help to identify any issues with the truck that could cause injury or interrupt expectations for a timely arrival. Likewise, a post-trip inspection involves looking at a vehicle after returning from a work trip. 

Benefits You Need To Know

The benefits of performing pre and post-trip inspections go beyond complying with the law. Other benefits include:

Mechanical Issues

When you perform a pre-trip inspection you can address any mechanical issues with the vehicle and correct those issues before starting the trip. At this step, minor problems should be taken care of to avoid more significant issues from arising later on. Skipping out on this step could result in costly repairs, loss of revenue, and other negative impacts.

Driver Safety

An inspection allows drivers to spot issues before a vehicle accident occurs. This is a great safety measure for truck drivers and other motorists. We know that vehicle accidents can very easily involve several vehicles at once.

Claim Investigations

When an accident happens, companies can use pre and post-trip inspections as part of the claims process. If a vehicle crash happens, you can use inspection reports as part of your evidence when your insurance company investigates the crash.

Customer Satisfaction

To help uphold customer satisfaction, you have to ensure items are delivered on time. This is why inspecting your vehicle is essential. It also benefits your business in maintaining an exceptional reputation among clients.

Peace of Mind

Drivers can start their trip knowing that their vehicle has been inspected and will safely arrive at their destination if no outside factors play a part. Some drivers can come to appreciate a company that prioritizes safety in the form of inspections.

What To Look Out for With Inspections

When you inspect your vehicle for pre or post-trip inspections there are a few things you can look for to determine mechanical issues. These are a few things you can do:


While you are driving, listen to the sounds that your vehicle makes. You can do this at a gas station, a stop light, or while on the road. Turn off your radio and take a moment to hear. Any strange noises may be a sign of needed maintenance.


You can also use your nose to help determine if any issues may arise with your truck. If you smell any unusual odors like burning rubber or hot fluids it could be a sign that your vehicle is experiencing overheating, leaks, or a severe electrical problem.


Feel the outside of your vehicle to see if there are any changes in movement. You can turn on your truck and let it idle, if you feel any strange vibrations it could indicate mechanical issues. Also, you can notice the feeling of your brakes to see if there are issues.


Look at the warning lights on your dashboard as an easy way to see if there are issues with your vehicle. A thorough inspection will also involve looking under the vehicle and the hood. If your truck has been parked in one spot for quite some time, look to see if there are any liquid stains on the ground. This could indicate a problematic leak that could impact the quality of your vehicle.

Helping You Reach Your Goals

Taking time to perform these steps for pre and post-trip inspections can ensure a safe trip. However, if an accident occurs, having documentation of your inspections can benefit you. Forerunner Insurance Group offers comprehensive commercial vehicle insurance solutions that can assist you in your time of need.
Contact us to get in touch with one of our representatives. We’ll help you figure out which insurance policies will offer you the best protection.

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