CarriersEdge, providers of online safety and compliance training tools for the North American transportation industry, has announced a full suite of vehicle inspection courses for both U.S. transportation companies and their drivers.
“Industry statistics continue to show that many top violations related to brakes, lights and tires could have been easily avoided with proper pre-trip, en route and post-trip driver inspections,” said Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge. “Our new Vehicle Inspection courses, based on information from industry experts as well as the CVSA and FMCSA, help make sure drivers gain a full understanding of the importance of inspections and how to properly complete them.”
The suite of vehicle inspection courses includes four modules, described here by the company, that can be completed separately or at one time:
- “Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports,” including the different types of inspections a driver is required to perform, the sections of the report, how to identify a defect using the report, and how to indicate a repair. CVSA Critical Vehicle Inspection Items as well as minimum DVIR requirements and additional items in part 393 are also covered.
- “Inspection Practices” covers best practices to follow during an inspection, including having the right tools, staying safe, and how to handle a roadside inspection by commercial vehicle enforcement personnel. Brakes, lights and tires, which make up the most common violations, are discussed in detail, including the proper methods to inspect those systems and components. A guide to measuring pushrod stroke, determining brake chamber type, and in-cab brake tests is also included.
- “Inspecting the Truck” guides drivers through how to conduct an inspection of the tractor, including what to look for as they approach the vehicle and in the engine compartment. How to check the condition of fluids, belts and hoses, as well as main engine systems are also covered. During the module, the driver is also given a detailed look at the components to inspect at each axle, on each side of the cab, at the rear of the tractor, and inside the cab.
- “Inspecting the Trailer” guides drivers through how to inspect the body of the trailer, the proper method of coupling a trailer and how to inspect the coupling components, as well as items to inspect at each axle. In addition, how to inspect underneath and inside a trailer are covered, along with conducting inspections when a trailer is sealed.
For more information, visit the CarriersEdge website.