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Pre Trip Inspection


Many students worry unnecessarily about passing the Pre Trip.  It does require studying and memorization, but it isn't as hard or as overwhelming as it may seem as you first look at the list of things to say.


The Pre Trip is extremely important, so try not to take the attitude that you are being forced to learn it for the sake of passing a CDL test.


The importance of the Pre Trip carries far beyond the plastic.  Learning to spot potential equipment failures and problems ahead of time may save your life and someone else's - as well as extend the life of the equipment and/or save you a stay and/or a fine at the DOT scalehouse.



What Do I Say?


Sample DOT Test Form

(This form is used in Iowa.  Other states may or may not use this exact form.)





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