If you are a commercial truck driver, you are operating a big, heavy machine. Your truck can do a lot of damage on the road if things go wrong. This is especially the case if you do not get your truck inspected enough.
Faulty brakes, a bad steering system and worn tires are just a few factors that could lead to a crash. When in doubt, it is always good to have a mechanic look at your truck so you do not put yourself or others at risk.
What does the law require?
Federal law requires you to get your truck inspected at least once every 12 months if you use it for commercial purposes. The person you go to must follow through with all inspection standards and know what defects to look for. Your inspector must also be able to prove that he or she has undergone the right training for inspecting vehicles or servicing brakes.
What difference do inspections make?
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, periodic vehicle inspections can reduce accidents by at least 9.1%. The study included all types of vehicles, but in the case of cumbersome trucks, inspections may make an even larger difference. On top of this, when you drive for a living, your truck is more likely to take a beating and you are more likely to have close calls with other drivers.
No matter how experienced you are and how carefully you drive, you must make sure that your truck is fit for the road. This is why regular inspections are so crucial.