No matter how organized you are and how perfect your vehicle is, roadside inspections are always really scary. This part of a motorists life cannot be avoided and is also deemed necessary by the relevant bodies therefore one just has to learn how to deal with it. Vehicle inspections are absolutely important and actually protects both your life and that of other road users. For the most part passing the inspection has to do with how tidy and in order your vehicle is. There is nothing to worry about if your vehicle is safe for road use and in good condition. Below is how you can pass commercial vehicle inspections.
Ensure that the documents are up to date as the first thing on the agenda. Ensure that your paperwork is current and that it is readily available. The easiest way is to have all your documents in one binder as that will ensure the inspector has an easy time locating this or that requirement. You will be on your way in a really short time as you will create a good impression of how organized you are.
Another trick you can use is to be polite and professional. This is a no brainer because attitude always counts. You might just find yourself in a lot of trouble with your inspector if you are the rude type. Make sure that you smile and be polite, you will get some points on this.
It is important also that before any trip, the vehicle is cleaned and put in order so that it is neat. It is a plus for you if you know where everything is kept, especially the documents so that you won’t search for a long time when the inspector asks to see them. Imagine what will be in the mind of the inspector if they find your vehicle dirty and smelling. The exterior of the vehicle must be in perfect order. Ensure that the lights of your vehicle are fully operational. Any damage will be an invitation to do a thorough inspection.
Ensure that you are fully prepared at all times. Let not that moment catch you unawares, be aware of what is expected of you. In order to have a successful inspection, you will need to acquaint yourself with everything that goes on before and after inspection. There is an advantage in having a crew that is learned, they are able to know all the rules and safety guidelines on road safety and inspection.
A positive attitude is very much needed after inspection. When you are stopped, don’t react negatively to show you are afraid. In order to avoid much hassles and thorough inspection, avoid looking suspicious. Ask questions that will show that you are concerned about safety and that it is a priority. Be kind and respectful to the inspector knowing that they are just doing their job.