Oh no! It happens to even the best of drivers: you have been pulled over by a local, state or federal police officer. As a CMV driver, it is important to know how to handle this situation without getting yourself into more trouble. The last thing you need is a ticket or issue that could affect your movers insurance premium!
In this three part blog series, we will go over everything from pre-trip inspections, what to do once you are pulled over, necessary documents, the importance of respect and what to do once you are issued a violation or citation. This week, let’s focus on the pre-trip inspections.
First and foremost, it is important to understand that commercial motor vehicles may be stopped at any time and inspected by local, state or federal enforcement authorities. It may occur at weight stations if there is any suspicion that the CMV is unsafely loaded or not in compliance with weight or measurement requirements. Another common cause of being pulled over is for seat belt checks. So how do you prepare for these inspections? It is important to conduct a thorough circle check (pre-trip) everyday prior to beginning your journey. This pre-trip inspection should include:
• Vehicle overview
• Check engine compartment
• Start engine and inspect inside of cab
• Turn off engine and check lights
• Walk-around inspection
• Check signal lights
• Start engine and check brake system
If you notice any flaws or faults, it is important that you have them fixed before hitting the road. If not, you may find yourself pulled over sooner than later. If you have any other questions or concerns, you can always visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website!
As for coverage, you can always contact our experts at Wolpert Insurance. Do not hesitate to contact us for a free movers insurance quote or any questions you may have about this unique program. Until then, be sure to come back next week for the second blog of this three part series. We will be discussing what you should do once you are pulled over and the necessary documents that you will need to have on you.