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