One opportunity drivers have to positively affect CSA scores, theirs and the Company's, is to regularly perform Pre and Post trip inspections. Performing these inspections is more important than it's ever been.
Common DOT Violations and out-of-service items that will be recorded and scored against your CSA Driver profile:
1. Inoperative lights
2. Flat tires/measuring less than 80 psi
3. Brake/air system issues
4. Tandem pins not engaged
5. Fire extinguisher, unsecured or discharged
All of the items in the common DOT violation list should be checked during a thorough Pre and Post-trip inspection.
You have a moral, professional, and legal duty to your employer, other motorists, and yourself to conduct a thorough inspection of any rig you drive. The secret to making an efficient and accurate inspection is to learn the step-by-step inspection routine. If you inspect your rig the same way every time, you will be able to do it quickly and efficiently without a chance of overlooking a key system or part. Use the checklist on the following page during your inspection.
While inspecting note any defects on your DVIR on the Qualcomm. In addition, if it is a DOT reportable item then contact the Breakdown department to get this repaired. If you need additional help or training learning how to inspect, see one of our inspectors in Murray or West Memphis.
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