Safety is the most important reason to inspect a vehicle. The few minutes spent are a positive investment in safety.
Saskatchewan requires commercial vehicles with a registered Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) at or exceeding 11,794 kg to be inspected once each 24-hour period the vehicle is in use.
The following schedules are for the designated vehicles:
Each day requires a trip inspection report to be completed. The motor carrier must repair any items in the report that affects safety and indicate the repairs were made. The person inspecting the vehicle must sign the report. A copy of the report must accompany the vehicle for the day the inspection was completed. The report shall be submitted to the carrier within 20 days.
It's an offence to drive, or permit a person to drive a vehicle, on a highway if any vehicle part (or equipment) is defective or inoperative. For a listing of defects, review the Saskatchewan Truckers' Guide. A vehicle defect found during an inspection could prevent problems later. A breakdown on the road will cost time and money, or even worse, a crash caused by the defect. It's much less expensive to complete repairs during normal business hours than arrange for a service call on the road.
Most jurisdictions require drivers inspect their vehicles during a trip and to maintain standard inspection methods each time. On-road inspectors may also inspect vehicles. If they judge the vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it, and the driver, out of service until it's repaired.
Before beginning any trip the driver should first examine themselves to ensure that they are prepared for work. Safe driving demands complete attention at all times. A vehicle cannot be controlled if the driver is not in control of themselves.
Drivers should be on constant guard to avoid forming poor attitudes and to avoid permitting personal emotions to affect their driving. Professional drivers have a tremendous responsibility to the public. They must deal with distracting issues before coming to work, so they can devote all their attention to being a safe driver.
Some common poor attitudes are:
- over confidence
- lack of interest
- inattention or distraction
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