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Driver 303 agencies advice on vehicle daily safety

The Daily Walk Round Check is a legal and moral obligation for operators and drivers, this should never been an oversight as you safety and others depends on you keeping your form of transport in good order at all time plus your vehicle is a big investment so give it your time and take care of it

This should be:

Undertaken by the driver before he or she starts their journey, the purpose of the check is to ensure the vehicle is roadworthy, the load secure and that neither is a danger to other road users and pedestrians.Failure to meet the required standards at a DVSA roadside check could, depending on what’s wrong, lead to penalty points on the driver’s licence. For the operator it could lead to the issue of a Prohibition Notice, a visit from DVSA inspectors and possible prosecution.

The Walk Round Check is looking for answers to these questions, can you answer these? is everything correct and in order?

Does everything work?

Is everything secure?

Have you proper control over the vehicle?

Is anything damaged or missing?

Does the vehicle create a nuisance?

Could anything on the vehicle harm anyone?

1. Inside the cab – important points to work through, please take your time and go through each point

Is access to the vehicle clean, safe and undamaged?

Check the seat to ensure it is secure, and adjust to give maximum control and vision

If a seat belt is fitted, check that it works and ensure that you use it

Check that your view to the front is clear

Make sure the Operator’s licence is present and valid

Check that the tachograph is operating correctly

Check your mirrors to ensure they are correctly adjusted

Ensure that your view of the mirrors is not obscured in any way

Switch on the electrics so you can check wipers, washers, lights and all other electrical components

Check that all dashboard warning lamps work correctly

Check that the horn is working correctly

Check your driving controls: steering, parking brake and foot brake

Operate the foot brake to ensure that it is working on both tractor and trailer

Press the brake, release and listen to see if air exhausts from tractor and trailer

If the vehicle is fitted with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), check that this is operating correctly
Start the engine so you can listen for air leaks, and check exhaust emissions for excessive noise or smoke

2. Wheels and Tyres – be safe and please read through below

Spotting tyre wear can be difficult, so carry out these checks with particular care:

Look at the tyre walls and tread for signs of scrubbing, exposed cord, any bulges or tears

Do any of the tyres look under-inflated? (especially on the inner tyre on twin wheel sets)

Now take a look at the wheels for missing wheel nuts

Visually inspect the wheel nuts to ensure they show no sign of becoming loose

Check mudguard security and fitment of spray suppression equipment

3. Fuel tank, fluids & couplings – Make sure you do all of the below

Check the level of engine oil, fuel, coolant and windscreen wash

Check the fuel tank for any leaks

Check the fuel cap to ensure it is securely fastened

Check the air-pipes for leaks

Check that the connectors are secure and operating

Look for wear and tear to the brake lines

Take a look at the fifth wheel coupling. Is the trailer sitting properly on it?

Check that the safety bar is back in the correct position and the safety device is correctly in place

4. Trailer – read through all points below

Look at the whole of the trailer (remember to do both sides!):
is anything loose?

Has anything changed?
Is anything missing?
Are there any jagged edges that could injure anybody walking past?

Check straps, side curtains, side guards and side master lamps

Trailer landing legs should be fully raised with the handle in position

Check the load either on or within the bodywork to ensure:

The weight is distributed correctly across axles

Securing devices have been correctly applied and tightened

Containers have a secondary locking device fitted

Check the side reflectors

Check the bodywork

Are the loading doors secure?

5. Front & rear of the vehicle – check all of the below

Check windscreen and mirrors are clean and secure

Switch on the vehicle lights so you can check that they’re working on the tractor and the trailer

Use a reflective surface to check that your stop lights are working

Check all marker lights and reflectors

And always important press your breaks at slow speed to check they are working as they should.

Be confident, have confidence in your vehicle and please read all this information provided by Driver 303 Agency


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