Daily vehicle checks checklist
Every time we get into a vehicle, we automatically make quite a few daily vehicle checks, probably without even realizing it. For example, we check the mirrors are aligned, we have fuel and our seatbelt is fastened. By adding on a few simple other checks, you can very quickly create your own vehicle inspection routine that will ensure the safety of yourself, your vehicle, and other road users.
Critical Equipment List
here’s an example of the types of items that are considered critical. Every element must meet the standard regulations; otherwise, the vehicle is not roadworthy:
- Coupling devices (fifth wheel and kingpin)
- Steering mechanism
- Windshield wipers
For example weekly or monthly. The checks could include:
- Fluid levels – engine oil, brakes, clutch, power steering, and auto transmission fluids (if relevant)
- Windscreen washer
- Battery – look for signs of corrosion
- Ensure all lights are working headlights, brake lights, indicators
- Tyre check – pressure, tread, wear and tear such as cuts or bulges
What every vehicle should carry
- First aid kit
- Spare fuses
- Warning triangles
- Spare tyre
- High visibility clothing
Remember, inspecting your vehicle should be part of your daily routine. Never overlook the importance of checking it as it could save your life and the lives of others.
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