Our company is proud to provide a wide variety of services to our valued customers. One of our most popular services is DOT inspections. If you are searching for this type of service in the greater Fort Myers area, read on find answers to common questions about our DOT inspections.
Do I Need a DOT Inspection?
There are specific conditions that determine whether or not you need a DOT inspection, and these standards are the same nationwide. In the United States, you need a yearly DOT inspection if your commercial vehicle is over 10,001 lbs. You are also required to have a DOT inspection even if your truck is smaller if you are carrying hazardous materials.
What Types of DOT Inspections Are Available?
There are six different DOT inspection levels in the United States.
Level 1: North American Standard Inspection
This basic inspection covers a wide variety of factors regarding the vehicle, including checking the brakes, exhaust system, suspension, tires and windshield wipers. The inspection also examines the driver’s license, daily log, medical card, and past driver and vehicle inspection reports.
Level 2: Walk-Around Driver and Vehicle Inspection
This simpler inspection covers everything required in Level I except for those factors that require the inspector to get under the vehicle.
Level 3: Driver Only Inspection
This inspection only covers the driver’s license, medical card, daily log, inspection report and Hazmat requirements. It also includes a quick seat belt check.
Level 4: Special Instructions
This type of inspection varies on a case by case basis. It covers only one potential problem area of the vehicle.
Level 5: Vehicle-Only Inspection
This type of inspection covers all of the factors listed in Level I. The only difference is the fact that the driver is not present.
Level 6: Enhanced NAS Inspection for Radioactive Shipments
Since there are extra risks involved in carrying radioactive shipments, a Level VI inspection considers current radiological requirements.
Why Should I Choose Your Service for My DOT Inspection?
This is a great question. Although inspection standards are non-negotiable, the quality of your inspector can greatly affect the accuracy of your results and the safety of your vehicle. Our company is committed to hiring and training only the best employees. All of our inspectors have the education and experience necessary to complete inspections with complete accuracy. They meet and exceed the standards set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
How Should I Prepare for My Inspection?
You can prepare for an inspection in the same way that you should check your vehicle before every drive. After all, the point of an inspection is to keep you and other drivers on the road safe.
Performing a simple visual-inspection only takes a couple of minutes, but it can help you find small issues before they turn into major problems. Take a look at your tires, and check them with a digital pressure gauge to be sure that they are properly inflated.
Next, check all of the lights on your vehicle. Having headlights, break lights or turn signals that do not work properly is very dangerous. Finally, check your windshield and windows for cracks. If you notice even a small chip, get it fixed right away. You don’t want to end up dealing with a shattered windshield when you hit a bump.
Experience the Best with Dick Williams Inc.
If you have any questions about a DOT inspection, please feel free to contact us. We pride ourselves on performing thorough, accurate inspections, and we are always available to answer your questions both before and after the inspection occurs. We look forward to assisting you with your next DOT inspection!