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Sample pre-trip inspection of automobiles, vans, and light trucks

All vehicles should be routinely inspected before the start of each workday. For vehicles operated daily by the same driver, some items, such as oil level and tire air pressure, may only need to be checked weekly if there are no indicators that more frequent checks are required.

The following checklist is a suggested procedure to inspect a vehicle in a systematic manner. The Remarks box should be checked for items needing attention and details added in the Remarks section. Necessary repairs should be made before the vehicle is used.

With emergency brake applied and key removed from the ignition, check the following:

OK

Remarks

N/A

Outside of vehicle

     
Left front tire appearance, thread depth, and air pressure, wheel and lug nuts (where visible), damage and/or loose.      
Left rear tire appearance, thread depth, and air pressure, wheel and lug nuts (where visible), damage, and/or loose.      
Right front tire appearance, thread depth, and air pressure, wheel and lug nuts (where visible), damage and/or loose.      
Right fron tire appearance, thread depth, and air pressure, wheel and lug nuts (where visible), damage and/or loose/      
Spare tire appearance, thread depth, air pressure, and wheel damage and/or loose.      
Cargo securement devices, straps, etc.      
Windows, cleanliness      
Exterior body and lens for damage      

Engine compartment

     
Automatic transmission fluid      
Belts and hoses for visible wear      
Coolant level      
Oil level      
Power steering fluids      
Windshield washing fluid      

With emergency brake applied and key in the accessory position, check the following:

OK

Remarks

N/A

Turn signals      
Hazard warning signal (i.e., 4-ways)      
Low beams      
High beams      
Marker lights      
Brake lights (using and assistant, or reflection off object in the rear)      
Reverse lights (using and assistant, or reflection off object in the rear)      
License plate light      
Horn      
Windshield wipers      
Heat, defrost, and air-conditioning controls      
Seat belts      
Mirrors adjustment      

With emergency brake applied, start engine and check:

OK

Remarks

N/A

Gauges okay and no warning lights on dashboard.      
Pump brake pedal a few times and hold – no fade after initial drop.      
No excessive steering wheel play      

Remarks:







 

Vehicle:

Date:

Checked by:


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LC FEB 2019-115
171-1175 (12/18)