DOT roadside inspections can sometimes feel like a hassle, especially when you’re working under tight deadlines. It’s easy to get annoyed with the inspector or try to rush through everything. Remember that the inspector has a job to do, just like you do. With a few tips, you can ace your next DOT inspection and make it a better experience for everyone involved.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? You know it’s harder than it seems, though. Depending on where you go, some inspectors are helpful, and some are just looking for violations. As much as you might want to argue, get your point across, or tell them how wrong they are, stop. Stay polite and professional, and don’t give your inspector a reason to write up a minor violation they might have let you fix on the spot.
Listen to the Inspector
You know how to do your job, and they know how to do their’s. If they offer information or advice on how to avoid future violations or things to improve, listen to them. It’s okay to disagree, but this isn’t the time to get into a long argument. Ask questions so that you understand what they’re telling you but otherwise, keep your mouth shut and your ears open.
Know How to Pull Up Your Logs
Anything you can do to make the inspector’s job a little easier can go a long way. Knowing how to easily pull up your log through the Gorilla Safety app saves time and shows that you know how to use the equipment in your cab. Practice a few times before you need it for an inspection, and you’ll look like a pro during your next inspection.
Know Where Your Documents Are
If you’re still using a Documents Binder, make sure you know what’s in it and where to find things like your permit or registration. Even better, take advantage of the Document Storage feature on your Gorilla Safety app. With a few taps of the screen, you can show your DOT inspector whatever they need to see without all the paper floating around.
Keep Your Cab Clean
A filthy cab practically begs an inspector to look around for problems. They assume that if you can’t keep your truck clean, you probably aren’t paying attention to other details, either. Using the storage function on the Gorilla Safety app will eliminate a lot of extra paper. Once you’ve done that, make sure to clean out your trash regularly.
Use a Pre-Trip Checklist
You should run a pre-trip inspection before every trip as a general rule. When it comes to acing your DOT inspection, that checklist could save you from out-of-service violations or even silly, minor violations. With the Gorilla Safety app, you can have a checklist at your fingertips. Make the time to check your brake system, coupling devices, frame, fuel system, tires, lights, and other systems before every trip. When you do, you’re sure to pass your inspection with flying colors.
DOT inspections are a necessary part of the business. They’re not trying to bust your chops out there, only to keep everyone safe and compliant within the rules. When you use the tools that come with the Gorilla Safety app, your inspections will be easier, quicker, and have fewer violations.