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InstituteWhats Wrong with this Picture AnswersAnalysisDOT marking identificationUSAEnglishDOT marking identificationFocus AreaCMV Inspections
What's Wrong with this Picture?: Driver Inspection Answers
1. The driver is inspecting the unit without using the 3-point rule. The 3-point rule involves placing three of your four limbs in contact with the vehicle at all times. This can be two feet and one hand, or two hands and one foot. By using this method, you are reducing the likelihood of falling.
2. The commercial motor vehicle (CMV) markings do not meet the size requirements as specified in §390.21(c)(3). The markings must be readily legible, during daylight hours, from a distance of 50 feet (15.24 meters) while the CMV is stationary.
3. The back tractor wheels appear to have a piece of wood stuck in between them. This is often a hazard missed by drivers that could lead to a punctured tire. Drivers should look for pallet and road debris during driver daily vehicle inspections, after pick-ups or deliveries, and after any short stops such as fueling or meal breaks.
4. The conspicuity tape is missing sections on the trailer. The FMCSA requires that the red and white conspicuity tape on the lower side of the trailer must cover at least half (50%) of the length of the trailer. See: §393.13.
5. The front tractor wheel’s rim has a crack between the lug nuts. If left unchecked, it could become a serious mechanical defect. It is a violation of §393.205(a). If you also look closely at the same tire, you will notice that one of the nuts on the bolts is missing in the upper left-hand side. This is a violation of §393.205(c).
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