Safety is a top priority for any transport fleet. Even though each organization can have its own fleet procedures, DVIR compliance guarantees that a standard of safety is followed by all fleets.
Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR) are required by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). These reports ensure security and safety for both fleet and driver. As per Regulation 396.11, “Every driver shall prepare a report, in writing, at the completion of each day’s work on each vehicle operated.” Each report must include a check of the following parts of a vehicle:
- Brakes – Parking and Service
- Tires, Wheels, and Rims
- Emergency Equipment
- Coupling Devices
These reports can help keep accidents and hazards in check. To keep up with DVIRs and ensure the safety of your fleet, urge your drivers to follow these three tips while they review vehicles.
1. Make a schedule
First, set up a routine for reviews. Make an agenda for all vehicle assessments and add it to your driver preparation list.
2. Put security first
Second, complete all vehicle reviews in a safe area. Make sure to avoid areas where activity is high, such as the side of a street. Drivers should be careful and aware of different vehicles and their risks. In addition, if there is any possibility that the vehicle may move, do not get behind, underneath or in front of it. On slopes, utilize wheel chocks.
3. Be focused
Finally, be mindful of the significance of these reviews. Investigate and repair any issues quickly. Also, encourage your drivers to begin every day with a quick visual inspection of their vehicles. There might be a chance that a reported issue has not been accounted for or tended to effectively. So this pre-investigation can be an effective step to keep vehicles and drivers safe.