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Step 5: Perform Walk-Around Inspection (continued)

Rear of Vehicle

Lights and Reflectors:
  • Rear clearance and identification lights clean, operating and proper color (red at rear).
  • Reflectors clean and proper color (red at rear).
  • Taillights clean, operating and proper color (red at rear).
  • Right rear turn signal operating and proper color (red, yellow, or amber at rear).
License plate(s):
  • Present, clean and secured.
Splash guards:
  • Present, not damaged, properly fastened, not dragging on ground or rubbing tires.
Cargo secure (trucks):
  • Cargo properly blocked, braced, tied, chained, etc.
  • Tailboards up and properly secured.
  • End gates free of damage, properly secured in stake sockets.
  • Canvas or tarp (if required) properly secured to prevent tearing, billowing to block either the rearview mirrors or to cover rear lights.
  • If over-length, or over-width, make sure all signs and/or additional lights/flags are safely and properly mounted and all required permits are in driverʼs possession.
  • Rear doors securely closed, latched/locked.

Left side:

Check all items that are done on right side, plus:
  • Battery(s) (if not mounted in engine compartment).
  • Battery(s) box securely mounted to vehicle.
  • Box has secure cover.
  • Battery(s) secured against movement.
  • Battery(s) not broken or leaking.
  • Fluid in battery(s) at proper level (except maintenance-free type).
  • Cell caps present and securely tightened (except maintenance-free type).
  • Vents in cell caps free of foreign material (except maintenance-free type)

Step 6: Check Lights

Get In and Turn Off Lights:

  • Turn off all lights.
  • Turn on stop lights (apply trailer hand brake or have someone press the brake pedal).
  • Turn on left turn signal lights.

Get Out and Check Lights:

  • Left front turn signal light clean, operating and proper color (amber or white on signals facing the front).
  • Left rear turn signal light and both stop lights clean, operating and proper color (red, yellow or amber).

Get in Vehicle:

  • Turn off lights not needed for driving.
  • Check for all required papers, trip manifests, permits, etc.
  • Secure all loose articles in cab. (They might interfere with operation of the controls or hit you in a crash.)
  • Start the engine.

Manifest:

Bill of Lading

An accurate record of everything being shipped on a truck, often times used as a checklist during unloading.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Review Questions - Click On The Picture To Begin...

The rear turn signal should be what color?
  • Yellow
  • Red
  • Amber
  • Any of these colors are acceptable

Quote From The CDL Manual:

Lights and Reflectors:

- Rear clearance and identification lights clean, operating and proper color (red at rear).
- Reflectors clean and proper color (red at rear).
- Taillights clean, operating and proper color (red at rear).
- Rear turn signal operating and proper color (red, yellow, or amber at rear).

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Which of the following lights do not need to be checked during an inspection?
  • Turn signals
  • Rear clearance lights
  • All of these lights need to be checked during an inspection
  • Identification lights

Quote From The CDL Manual:

Lights and Reflectors:

- Rear clearance and identification lights clean, operating and proper color (red at rear).
- Reflectors clean and proper color (red at rear).
- Taillights clean, operating and proper color (red at rear).
- Right rear turn signal operating and proper color (red, yellow, or amber at rear).

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