Driving whilst towing a trailer can be very dangerous, and we need to ensure that safety is paramount. Here at TowMate, we care about the full transport. We will always ask what you are using to tow our trailers, and to make sure that they are being towed safely. Below is some information that may be able to help you along.
Why Daily Checks Are Important
Failing to follow the vehicle compliance duties can result in insurance claims, being investigated by the health and safety executive, fines, driving bans, prison sentences, work discipline or the loss of your job. It should be standard procedure to check and comply with the vehicle compliance duties to prevent any of these situations from happening. Not only can failing to do these things have a negative impact on your job, it may also affect yours or someone else’s health as they are put in for safety reasons too.
When doing these checks, you should make sure they are recorded. Even if there are no issues with the vehicle, record this until the vehicle has its next service. When issues arise, reports should be made in case claims are to be made on the insurance. The reports must include the registration, the details or the issue, the reporter’s name, who it’s been reported to and the date the issue was found.
What To Do On A Walk Around Daily Vehicle Check
- The Load – Ensure that the load is secured well.
- Tow Bars and Tail Lifts – The Tail Lift and Tow Bar needs to be secure and attached correctly. Also, ensure that all electrics are attached correctly.
- Bodywork and Doors – Check that no panels are loose or damaged. Test to see if all the doors are shut securely.
- Exhaust – When the engine is on, check that the exhaust doesn’t emit a large amount of smoke.
- Tyres and Wheels – Check that the wheel pressure is correct with at least a tread depth of 1.6mm. There should be no deep cuts in the sidewall or no cord showing with all wheel nuts secure in place.
- Check from Driver Seat
- Brakes – Check your foot and hand brake to ensure they are working.
- Lights – Ensure all lights, indicators and dashboard lights are working. Then check all the lenses are intact, clean and of the correct colour.
- Horn and Steering – Test to see if the horn is working and in reach. Then check the steering wheel has no excessive play.
- Washers and Wipers – Switch on the window wipers to check they are working and fitted correctly. Also, ensure your washer fluid is topped up.
- Mirrors and Glass – Check all your mirrors are intact and not smashed. Look through your mirrors to ensure you can see all spots necessary.
- Seats and Seatbelts – Ensure they work correctly and they aren’t damaged.
- Warnings – Be aware of warning lights or unusual sounds or vibrations.
- Check Under the Bonnet
- Battery – The battery should be in place with no loose wires. Please check the battery does not leak.
- Fuel, Fluids and Oils – Check the levels of the engine coolant, the power steering fluid, the windscreen washer fluid, water levels and brake fluid. Then check the floor for any leaks. As well as ensuring that the fuel cap is fitted correctly. Check the floor again after turning the engine on, to ensure nothing is leaking.