TTSAO Training Tip of the Week #6 – PTI Exterior Trailer Check

This week’s tip is about the physical checks to the Exterior of the Trailer. Let’s start with the front of the trailer.

First things first. Check the left front to see that the yellow safety sticker is up to date. You’re not going anywhere if it isn’t.

Next look for the document holder to verify that the ownership and insurance slip are inside, covered from effects of the weather, and that the holder is fastened to the trailer properly.

Then are the glad hands secure? Are the rubbers present? Are both lines secure with no abrasions or cracks?

Then look to the front wall of the trailer, are there any holes, damage or cracks? Even a missing rivet can open a hole large enough to allow the weather to come in.

Look below the nose to determine that the kingpin is secure, has no damage, and is straight. A quick look will let you know if a kingpin lock has been added.

Move to the driver’s side and check on the landing gear. Is it all intact, no damage to the legs or cross members, and can the handle be stored to a secure location, and not stick out beyond the side of the trailer?

Move towards the rear of the trailer to inspect the side of the trailer. Is there any damage to the wall? Is the conspicuity tape fastened along the lower edge, and is it visible? Is the side marker light showing any damage?

Next Tip will pick up where we left off in the Exterior of the Trailer.

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