Passing a Level 1 Dot Inspection: What to Know

Passing a Level 1 DOT Inspection Middleton & Meads

If you’re a professional truck driving, passing a Level 1 DOT inspection is a regular event in your life.

If you’re a professional truck driving, passing a Level 1 DOT inspection is a regular event in your life. A failed review can have costly effects, which include fines and repair expenses, among other factors. If your truck ends up having an out-of-service violation, this comes up with a fine. This issue also results in the vehicle needing to remain out of service until the problem becomes fixed. A truck that isn’t on the road costs a driver and fleet manager a lot of money. Here are three tips that you need to know to pass a Level 1 Dot Inspection. 

Passing a Level 1 Dot Inspection Means That You Have Organized Your Paperwork

Your paperwork is one thing that will have close examination during this type of review. The documents that you will want you have organized and readily accessible include:

  • Your Driver’s License
  • Your Daily Driver Log/Hours of Service
  • The Driver and Vehicle Inspection Report
  • Your Medical Card and Waiver
  • Alcohol and Drugs Listings
  • Hazmat Documents 

Passing a Level 1 DOT Inspection Means That You Keep Up with Preventative Maintenance 

DOT inspectors will thoroughly inspect your truck as part of a NAS (North American Standard) Level 1 stop. At this point, it’s way too late to attempt to ensure your vehicle is in top shape. For this reason, it’s best to conduct pre-trip inspections consistently. We stress the importance of you taking these parts of your semi-truck:

  • Brakes
  • Fuel and Exhaust Systems
  • Coupling Devices
  • Cargo Securement
  • Safety Equipment
  • Suspension
  • Steering
  • Lighting
  • Frame, van, and open-top trailers
  • Tires, hubs, wheels, and rims

Fortunately, when there are issues with your truck, you do not have to repair them. Your job, after all, is to drive. Middleton & Meads has over 100 years of experience ensuring that both trucks and buses are in optimal condition

Keep a Hopeful Attitude During Your Inspection 

Tests, exams, inspections, reviews, or however you want to say it, bring anxiety to some people. It would be best to keep in mind that inspectors are only trying to ensure that you and other drivers around you stay safe. Be polite and professional to your inspector, listen and follow directions, and always ask for clarification when necessary. In all aspects, having a positive attitude goes a long way. 


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