Be professional and courteous when asked to participate in a roadside inspection.
Don't be afraid to ask questions or share basic information with an inspector.
Be aware of the "Out-of-Service" Criteria. It includes brake system, coupling devices, pintle hooks, frame,
exhaust system, fuel system, lighting, load securement, steering mechanism, suspension, tires, wheels,
rims and hubs, windshield wipers, placarding and logs. Cross check this list when you do your pre-trip.
Make sure your e-logs are current, (up to date to the last change of duty status)
inspectors will go through it thoroughly during a Level I inspection
Brakes and brake adjustment. (A note of caution: Automatic brake adjusters don't always work)
Make sure all your lights are working (just before dusk, stop and do a quick walk around to check
all the lights)
Tires and Wheels: Bald tires and sidewall damage are an invitation for a thorough inspection.
Load Securement: Make sure your load is secure. All straps and chains are tight with no play in them.