Entry-Level Driver Training: Pre- and Post-Trip Inspections

This course is designed to give learners a detailed description of how to perform pre-trip, en-route, and post-trip vehicle inspections.

Course Overview

As well as being a regulatory requirement, proper vehicle inspections can go a long way in ensuring your vehicle, safe and efficient operation. Vehicle inspections can help in finding mechanical problems before they cause a breakdown or accident. This can help in avoiding costly on the road repairs as well as delays in deliveries.

This unit must teach the driver-trainees to conduct pre-trip and post-trip inspections as specified in §392.7 and §396.11, including appropriate inspection locations. Instruction must also be provided on enroute vehicle inspections.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Conduct an accurate and efficient pre-trip inspection
  • Explain when an on-the-road inspection is required and how to complete one
  • Complete a proper post-trip inspection
  • Explain when a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) is required, and how to complete one

Course Topics

  • The Importance of Inspections
  • Inspection Locations
  • Types of Required Inspections
  • The Five-Step Pre-Trip Inspection
  • On-the-Road Inspection
  • Post-Trip Inspection
  • Special Rigs