Intro to Pretrip Inspection Checklist:

Pretrip Inspection Checklist - Process Street

In this Process Street Pretrip Inspection Checklist, we walk through the simple checks and tasks which are necessary before starting a long journey in your rig. 

All of the information entered into this checklist will be saved into the template overview tab. This will then act as an automatically updating log

This can be used to give cloud access to the log and provide managers with the ability to oversee any problems with vehicles before they arise. 

In order to make this system work smoothly, you should enter information into the form fields in the checklist as you go through. 

Here are two videos on pretrip inspections to give you inspiration!

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Record checklist details

Use this section to record the details of your trip. 

Fill the details into each form field found below

Tip the hood to check the resting engine

The first step to checking your rig is ready for action is to check the condition of the engine.

Use the sub checklist below to review the important items under the hood.

  • 1
    Check the oil and coolant levels.
  • 2
    Check for any fluid leaks.
  • 3
    Make sure the caps have been tightened for the radiator and other fluids.
  • 4
    Check the dipstick is seated properly.
  • 5
    Inspect the fan belts for proper tension and signs of wear.
  • 6
    Make sure there is no damage to the blades of the engine fan.
  • 7
    Check for any exposed or bare wiring.
  • 8
    Inspect the windscreen wiper fluid levels.
  • 9
    Assess the condition of the steering axle tires.
  • 10
    Review the condition of the shock absorbers and king pins.

Circle the truck to visually check the condition

Walk around the truck to review its condition in a resting state. 

Use the sub checklist to guide your inspection.

  • 1
    Review the condition of all tires.
  • 2
    Inspect the airlines and electrical cords, making sure they are properly connected.
  • 3
    Make sure the 5th wheel is properly coupled to the trailer.
  • 4
    Check the condition of the landing gear.
  • 5
    Make sure the crank handle is secure.
  • 6
    Review the condition of the trailer suspension.
  • 7
    Check for appropriate thickness on the brake pads.
  • 8
    Review the condition of the entire unit for any signs of body damage.

Start the engine and check performance

It is important to review the basic performance levels of the engine. 

Use the sub checklist below to guide your process.

  • 1
    Depress the clutch and start the engine in neutral.
  • 2
    Review the gauges to check for appropriate oil pressure.
  • 3
    Check the electrical system is charging properly.
  • 4
    Ease the clutch out slowly and gently to assess the feel.
  • 5
    Let the truck idle at around 650 RPM and check guages are behaving correctly

Perform a visual check of the active engine

Keep the engine running and depart the vehicle to visually check the engine while it is active. 

Use the sub checklist to guide your inspection. 

  • 1
    Look for any leaks from any fluid areas.
  • 2
    Check the belts for appropriate tension.
  • 3
    Review the turning of the belts to make sure they are running correctly.
  • 4
    Close the hood and make sure it is securely locked.

Circle the truck again to check the active condition

Keep the engine running and perform another circle of the rig to inspect the active condition of the vehicle. 

Use the sub checklist to guide you. 

  • 1
    Make sure all lights are working as intended.
  • 2
    Depress the brake pedal so that you can inspect brake lights from outside the cab.
  • 3
    Listen carefully for air leaks.
  • 4
    Free the brake pedal and turn off all unnecessary lights.

Reverse the truck a few feet

Make sure you have a clear space behind the vehicle and reverse the truck a few feet to check all tires are turning correctly and your reverse alarms are functioning properly. 

Drive forward and test the trailer brake

Again, check for clear space ahead of you and pull the rig forward about 6 feet. Use the trailer brake to come to a halt to make sure it is functioning properly and the fifth wheel is coupled correctly. 

Drive forward again and test the foot brake

Pull forward again, the same as last time while checking the space is clear, and use the foot brake to bring the rig to a halt

It is vitally important to make sure the foot brake is working correctly. If it doesn't feel right, take the time to depart the vehicle to perform further checks before testing again. 

Add any extra notes to the log

The template overview tab shows a log of all data entered into the form fields within each checklist you have run. 

This template overview acts as a log for your checks and can be exported as a CSV file. 

Use the form field below to record any further notes you wish to add to the log.


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