Well, the DOT is all geared up and in full swing for their inspection blitz week. I’m all geared up and in full swing as well to pass any inspections that may be coming my way.
This week while I was bob-tailing back from Florida I got pulled in at a weigh station and was given a Level 1 inspection. No problems, not too much hassle, and I got my new sticker and a clean inspection report.
While this was my second Level 1, it was the first that will go on my carrier record, and I’m happy it’s now on the books. I know inspections are dreaded events for a lot of drivers, especially when they’re not compensated by the carrier they’re driving for. But for the independent carrier/owner/operator/driver, they can be a good thing. The more inspections passed means a better record overall, which can translate over time into more work, as more and more shippers are looking at safety records as a means for choosing the carriers they want to move their freight.
With that in mind, I know I’ll be heading out tomorrow with truck & trailer all properly operational and all preventive maintenance completed, my log book checked and double checked and error free, with a fresh 60 hours after my reset, and with all of my straps and chains and boomers inspected for wear.
With the advance notice we’ve had, and the time to get ready, this week shouldn’t be much different from any other week. I’ll just be a little more aware of the possibility of a roadside inspection than normal. And hopefully if I get picked, I’ll pass that inspection too.