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How to Prepare for Roadcheck 2023

Updated: Mar 2

Roadside inspections are a critical part of the trucking industry. They help ensure that truck drivers are compliant with the laws and are operating safely on the road. It is important you are ready for the possibility of a roadcheck each time you depart for the day. Failing a roadcheck will result in time off the road and money lost for you and/or your trucking business.

Trucker Going Through a Roadcheck

In order to avoid violations the next time you are stopped, follow these tips to make sure you are prepared for roadcheck 2023.

Know what to expect from Roadcheck 2023

The best way to prepare for your next roadcheck is to know what to expect. If you have gone through a roadcheck before, this will be simple. Just keep in mind what was checked and remember to make sure all of those elements stay in proper condition.

If you have not gone through a roadcheck, just know that a majority of inspections are level 1 inspections.

The parts of your truck that will be inspected during a level 1 inspection include:

  • All sides of tractor and trailer

  • Tires, wheels, rims, and hubs

  • Brakes

  • Lights

  • Major safety components

  • Proper load securement

Along with the parts of the truck that will be inspected, you will need to make sure you have the proper paperwork and identification, which we will go over in more detail later in the article.

If you are driving during the annual CVSA Roadcheck Inspection Blitz, there is always one element of the truck that will get special attention. This year’s inspection blitz will be held May 16-18 with a focus on anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and cargo securement.

Make sure your truck is well maintained

If you know what to expect during a roadcheck, you will know exactly what you need to maintain on your truck in order to avoid any violations. Prior to getting on the road, you should go through your pre-trip inspection to make sure there aren’t any problems. This will not just make sure you are able to pass a roadcheck but it will also make sure you are safe on the road.

A few things you should make sure you check during each pre-trip inspection are:

  • Under the Hood (engine, hoses, wiring)

  • Tires, Wheels, Rims, Hubs

  • Tread Depth

  • Brakes

  • Tire Pressure

  • Lights

  • Load Securement

If you have been a successful trucker for a while, you know to go through with these pre-trip inspections each time you are about to go out on the road for the day.