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Vehicle Safety

Vehicle safety at affiliates is a top priority. Every year, preventable accidents claim lives and cause millions of dollars in damages. By applying tried and tested safety standards to the operation of your vehicles, affiliates and stores can reduce the risk of accidents and claims.

Vehicle Safety Standards

 

The Department of Transportation has outlined safety standards for pre-trip and post-trip inspections for commercially operated vehicles. These standards help with early identification of mechanical issues so that problems can be repaired quickly and accidents can be minimized.

Pre-Trip Inspections

 

Pre-trip visual inspections serve two primary purposes:

Before operating the vehicle for the day, the driver should be satisfied that the vehicle is in safe operating condition.

Post-Trip Inspections

 

Post-trip inspections help document any issues discovered during the day’s vehicle operations. Drivers prepare a written report for each day’s work on every vehicle operated. Reports should note the condition of the following vehicle components:

 

Post-trip inspection reports should identify the specific vehicle in question and list any defects or deficiencies discovered by the driver or reported to the driver in the day’s work. Any problem or issue that could affect the safe operation of the vehicle or lead to a mechanical breakdown should be noted.

Commercial vehicle operators are required to maintain records of driver vehicle inspection reports, certification of repairs, and certification of driver vehicle reviews on file for at least 90 days after the date of the record.

Affiliate Vehicle Safety

 

While the Department of Transportation may not require vehicle safety inspections to be completed on non-commercial vehicles, adopting the process is highly recommended for affiliates to reduce the risk of accidents and claims.

Affiliates and stores can easily apply the same standards to daily routines.

 

When inspecting affiliate vehicles, follow these additional tips to ensure safety and minimize risk:

 

Regular safety inspections of vehicles are a proven way to improve the safety and reliability of vehicles on the road. Safer vehicles help your affiliate reduce the risk of accidents and claims and prevent unnecessary accidents.