When you approach the tractor-trailer, take note of
the general condition. Look for damage or if the vehicle
is leaning to one side. Look under the vehicle for fresh
oil, coolant, grease, or fuel leaks. You should check the
area around the vehicle for people, objects, low hanging
wires, and tree limbs which could present a hazard when
the vehicle is moved.
Look inside the cab and ensure the parking brakes
are engaged. For added safety, a set of wheel chocks
should be in place around one of the tires.
NOTE: In the NCF, all 2 ton and above vehicles
must have a set of wheel chocks that are used when the
vehicle is parked.
You may have to raise the hood, tilt the cab (secure
loose items so they cannot fall), or open the engine com-
Check the following:
Engine oil level.
Coolant level in radiator; condition of hoses.
Power steering fluid level; hose condition (if so
Windshield washer fluid level.
Battery fluid level, connection, and tiedown
(batteries may be located in a separate compart-
Automatic transmission fluid level (may require
a check with the engine warm and running).
Check belts for tightness and excessive wear
(alternator or generator, water pump, and air
Leaks (fuel, coolant, oil, power steering fluid,
hydraulic fluid, and battery fluid).
Cracked or worn electrical wiring insulation.
When checks are completed, you should lower
and secure the hood, cab, or engine compartment
Walk Around Inspection
When you perform the walk around inspection, turn
on the headlights, four-way hazard warning flashers,
parking, clearance, side marker, and identification
lights. Clean all lights, reflectors, and glass as you go
along. Do not forget to check your brake and left and
right turn signal lights. If a light bulb is not working, the
yard boss normally has spare bulbs and tools that allows
you to replace faulty bulbs.
LEFT FRONT. On the left front of the tractor,
inspect the following:
Check the glass on the drivers door and ensure
it is clean.
Check and ensure the door latches or locks work
Check the left front wheel for the condition of the
wheel and rim, such as missing, bent, broken
studs, clamps, lugs, or any signs of misalignment.
Check the condition of the tire for proper
inflation, valve stem and cap are in place, serious
cuts, bulges, and tread wear.
Check the lug nuts for looseness and rust streaks.
Check the condition of the spring, spring hanger,
shackles, and U-bolts on the left front suspen-
Check the condition of the brake drum(s) and
condition of the brake hoses on the left front
FRONT. On the front of the tractor, inspect the
Condition of the front axle.
Condition of the steering system for such things
as loose, worn, bent, damaged, or missing parts.
Grab the steering mechanism and check for
Condition of the windshield for damage and dirt.
Condition of the windshield wiper arms for
proper spring tension.
Condition of the wiper blades for damage, rubber
stiffness, and securement.
Condition of lights and reflectors, such as the
parking, clearance, and identification lights.
Ensure they are clean, operating, and are the
proper color (amber at front).