Fleet Management

What Should Be on Your Pre-Trip Inspection Checklist?

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Setting up a plan to take care of your vehicles is extremely important when you're in charge of managing a fleet. Such a strategy means regularly checking how the vehicles are doing to catch any problems early on. If you don’t, you’ll find that these problems become expensive to fix and cause the vehicles to be out of service. A fleet maintenance checklist helps ensure that you and your drivers always know the status of your vehicles. A pre-trip inspection list may be the most important of these checklists. Let’s dive into what these are and how they help your business.

What is a Pre-Trip Inspection Checklist?

You can probably guess what this is from its name. A pre-trip inspection checklist helps make sure a vehicle is safe and ready to go before a driver starts their trip. Drivers should check each item on the list before they begin every trip. This practice not only ensures the trip can be completed but also supports good fleet preventative maintenance. 

What to Include on a Pre-Trip Inspection Checklist

If you’ve made an overall fleet maintenance checklist, your pre-trip inspection list will be similar. Your list may need some adjustments once you put it into practice. It’s hard to catch everything the first time you make a list. Of course, every vehicle and fleet is different, so all lists won’t look the same. However, here are some simple things that you should certainly include. 

  1. Tires: Check if your tires need more air. Also, ensure they’re not too worn out and have nothing stuck in them.
  2. Lights: Ensure all the lights work - like the headlights, brake lights, and turn signals. 
  3. Brakes: Test if the brakes work well. They should not make any noises or feel too soft when pressed.
  4. Fluids: Check oil, coolant, and brake fluid. They help the vehicle run smoothly and must be at the correct levels.
  5. Wipers: Make sure the wipers properly clean the windshield. Wiper maintenance is essential when it's raining or snowing.
  6. Horn: Make sure the horn works and is loud enough. The horn serves as a vital warning system for drivers.
  7. Mirrors: Adjust them so the driver can see behind and beside the vehicle.
  8. Emergency Equipment: Ensure things like a first aid kit, warning triangles, and a fire extinguisher are in the vehicle. While this isn’t directly related to maintenance, it is an excellent time to check for these items.
  9. Seatbelts: Check if all seatbelts are in good condition and work properly.
  10. Paperwork: This is also unrelated to maintenance. However, while reviewing this checklist, it’s a good time to check your paperwork. Ensure all the necessary documents, like registration and insurance, are in the vehicle.

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Ensuring the safety and efficiency of your vehicles is paramount. Azuga is an innovative and reliable solution that keeps track of your vehicle's health. It sends timely reminders for essential check-ups and maintenance tasks so you can focus on what matters most – running your fleet smoothly and safely. Don't wait for problems to arise – let Azuga help you stay ahead of the game. Try a demo of Azuga’s software today to see how we can help you reach your fleet maintenance goals.