A LGV driver's daily walk-around check is a really important part of their day, they need to, first of all, make sure the vehicle is safe to operate and also make sure the fluid levels are sufficient for the journey that they are making. A HGV driver can drive for up to 10 hours a day so they need to make sure they and their vehicle are prepared for the day ahead.
If you book a course with Craig Baker Driver Training we will prepare you for all of this and we usually cover the daily walk-around checks as part of our lesson plans and during the CPC Module 4.
The walk-around check comprises a series of specific observations of certain parts of your vehicles. It has been designed to catch any potential problems before you hit the road, ensuring you’re driving a safe and secure vehicle. All these points will be explained and covered in your HGV training course when you sign up with Craig Baker Driver Training.
This checking process is for your own safety as well as that of other road users so you should never ever skip it.
Check they’re not cracked or obscured with stickers, that you can see them properly and they’re not steamed up. Check also that the mirrors are pointing the right way to give you the best visibility.
Check that the brakes and brake lines work.
Check your windscreen is clear and not obscured by anything within your cab, and that you have a full view.
Check your steering wheel moves properly and doesn’t jam.
Check your horn works properly.
Check that your exhaust isn’t emitting an excessive amount of smoke.
Check that your wipers work properly and that you have enough washer fluid.
Check that your warning lamp is working.
Check that all your lights and indicators are working properly.
Check you don’t have any fuel or oil leaks.
Check that your vehicle is coupled securely to your load.
Check that your battery is secure and is in good condition.
Check that your vehicle’s body and wing mirrors are secure and that there’s nothing that could fall off or come loose in transit. That includes the bumper and grill.
Check that your spray suppression measures are properly attached and functioning.
Check that tyres and wheels are securely fixed, all nuts are tight enough, and that tyre treads and pressure are within the legal range.
Check that reflectors are attached and visible.
Check that markers are attached and visible.
Check that number plate is attached and visible.
Check that all of your doors are secure
Check that the load is secure and evenly distributed, and not making your vehicle lean to one side and isn’t too heavy for your vehicle pulling it towards the ground.
Check that all electrical parts of the vehicle are working properly.
If you don’t check your vehicle as required, you could face penalties, points on your licence, or even be taken off the road completely. And that’s just the legal repercussions. If you drive while there’s a problem with your vehicle, and you don’t check it or take steps to report it right away, you could be involved in a serious accident that could have been prevented. Make sure you know how to check your vehicle properly and book your LGV training course with Craig Baker Driver Training
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