Pre-Trip Inspection - My Way! A Must See!

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Old School's Comment
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Air Brake Test

There are three stages to an Air Brake Test

#1: Applied Pressure Test

#2: Warning Light and Buzzer

#3 Tractor/Trailer Protection Valve Pop Out

Terry, if I understand your question, it sounds like you are referring to what Daniel called the "Applied Pressure Check". That is where you hold the brake pedal down and watch your gauges for one minute to make sure the air pressure is not bleeding down excessively. The answer to yuour question is "yes", that is still part of the in cab brake test.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Terry, yes, that's what the Applied Pressure Test is. Different companies/schools call it different things sometimes. But that's what it is and this is how Prime wants you to do it.

David's Comment
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Daniel, Great thread.. Actually brought back some old stuff that I forget to look for on my day cab/trailer.. .

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Bud A.'s Comment
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Bumping this thread since I'm starting school on Monday, and I know there are several others who recently started or at planning to start soon. This is very useful. Thanks, Daniel!

Cody P.'s Comment
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Warning though, if you get an instructor with a Pete or KW, a few things will be different. Fifth wheel has no visible locking pins, water pump and alternator are basically opposite the cascadia, and the coolant reservoir is in a different place. Know the truck and trailer you will be testing on. Unrelated but remember turning radius is not nearly as tight on the Pete's and KWs as the cascadia, got me the first time I backed it up

Jopa's Comment
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Geez! That was a BUNCH of work Daniel and I sure do think a LOT of people will benefit. Good job, buddy!!

Jopa

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Sheffield Mick's Comment
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Thank you Daniel.....the attention is in the detail. I've only been driving now for around 15 months, but I forget those little details and that might just cost me. Cheers

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Paul L.'s Comment
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Thanks for all the great info. I'm getting ready to do my pretrip inspection tomorrow in IA....do you actually have to memorize the pre trip word for word as they are saying? This sounds so stupid as all we seem to be doing is memorizing and not really learning.

Rumor has it though that you must know it EXACTLY as in word for word or you fail.

Answers please as I'm freaking out about this...I know my stuff but *&%$ word for word?

Paul L.'s Comment
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Yes I'll quote myself, I found my info, yes you need to know it word for word...I have been studying and studying for this, they actually only gave us the papers 5 days ago but I think I have it down...confidence confidence confidence

Thanks for all the great info. I'm getting ready to do my pretrip inspection tomorrow in IA....do you actually have to memorize the pre trip word for word as they are saying? This sounds so stupid as all we seem to be doing is memorizing and not really learning.

Rumor has it though that you must know it EXACTLY as in word for word or you fail.

Answers please as I'm freaking out about this...I know my stuff but *&%$ word for word?

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Paul, when it comes the the Air Brakes Test you absolutely cannot skip a beat. Everything has to be perfect, from what you say to what you physically touch. Something as small as failing to announce a successful air brake test can get you an automatic fail.

Remember, you can miss a few things on every other part. You don't have to ace it to pass it. But on that Air Brake Test you must ace it. Think your actions through and take your time, If you mess up start all over!

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