Commercial Vehicle Safety Checklist
Read Before You Buy Or Sell
Figures from the joint www.simi.ie and www.donedeal.ie "Motor Industry Review for 2014" shows that there was a marked increase in the number of light (up 51%) and heavy commercial vehicle(up 16%) sales for 2014.
If you are thinking of trading in or trading up your current commercial vehicle we’ve got a quick safety checklist for you to be aware of if you are thinking of buying or selling.
Here is a list of in-cab and external checks that you should carry out in advance of purchasing or selling.
In-Cab Check list
- Check that there is good visibility for driver through all cab windows and mirrors.
- Check that all required mirrors are fitted and adjusted correctly.
- Check that all driving controls, seat and driver safety belts to ensure are all adjusted correctly.
- Check that windscreen washer, wipers, demister and horn are all in working order.
- Check that all instruments, gauges and other warning devices are operating correctly (include ABS/EBS in-cab warning lights in your check list).
- Check that the cab is clean with no obstructions or visible loose material.
- Check that there is a high visibility jacket or vest accessible in the cab.
External Check List
- Make sure the vehicle is sitting square and not leaning to one side.
- Make sure that the tax, insurance and transport discs (if applicable) are present and valid. Also that number plates clearly visible.
- Make sure that wheels are in good condition and secure. This means checking that all tyres are undamaged with correct inflation and tread depth.
- Make sure that all lights, reflectors and markings are not only fitted but also clean and in good condition.
- Make sure that the exhaust is secure with no excess noise or smoke.
- Make sure that air & electrical suzies and connectors are fitted correctly (inc. ABS / EBS cable).
- Make sure that all vehicle access, steps, catwalk or drawbar coupling are in good condition.
- Make sure that vehicle body / wings / guards, side and rear / curtains and straps / doors / tail lift are in good condition.
- Make sure that the fifth wheel is located correctly and is locked. Also check that the landing legs and handle are in the correct position.
- Make sure that the trailer park brake is operating correctly.
- Make sure that air suspension is set correctly.
- Make sure to check engine oil, water, windscreen washer reservoir and fuel levels. Also check that there are no leaks.
- Make sure that the fuel cap seal is in place and that it is not leaking.
Before Leaving The Depot
- Ensure that the steering and brakes are operating correctly.
- Ensure that loads are secured and that weight is distributed correctly.
On The Road
- Check that the tachograph, speedometer and speed limiter are operating correctly.
- Check that the ABS/EBS warning lights are off.
Having a well-maintained and safe vehicle has many cost effective benefits such as:
- The vehicle can be cheaper to run.
- Helps you maintain a reliable service thus not impacting on your customers.
- Helps reduce major operating costs.
- Can help maintain fuel consumption levels.
- May help lower insurance costs.
If you have decided to update your current light or heavy goods vehicle, and are looking for a quote for commercial vehicle insurance, Chill Insurance is here to help. We work with a number of different insurers to help get you a commercial motor quote that suits you and your business needs. Start the process today with a free insurance quick quote.