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Tips for conducting a vehicle inspection

Posted by admin on February 26, 2013

If you work in the automobile industry, then one of your most important duties is performing vehicle inspections. Sure, you may know how to look for minute details, such as checking for structural damage to the car's lower tie bar, but far too often, people tend to overlook obvious issues.

A walk-around inspection should always be the first step that you and your employees take when someone has hired you to conduct a vehicle inspection. To execute one of these, you should:

1. Check the Car Tires

Close-Up Of Hand holding pressure gauge for car tyre pressure measurement

A blown tire can lead to a serious accident and puts both the driver and those around the vehicle on the roadways at risk. It's important to make sure the tires have enough tread and don't show signs of cracks or tearing. 

What tends to happen more commonly though is the tires slowly begin to deflate until the vehicle cannot be driven. You should also check to see that each tire has sufficient air and if one appears as though it isn't inflated, use a digital tire pressure gauge to check it out. Since each vehicle is different, locate the recommended pressure in the driver's manual.

2. Test the Lights

Headlights of the black car close-up photo.

Like any tire issue, you'd want to notify upper management of malfunctioning lights by recording this safety hazard. It is crucial to ensure that the lighting systems are in good shape and provide enough illumination when visibility is poor. 

All you have to do to test this part of the vehicle is turn on the ignition. Be mindful of headlights, low beams and high beams that are burnt out. Don't forget to examine the brake lights too!

3. Look Over the Windows

Glazier removing windshield or windscreen on a car

In the event that you notice any cracks in the windows, even if they're tiny, be sure to let the owner of the vehicle know. Any chips can quickly become much worse if they aren't addressed right away.

4. Try the Parking System


Any vehicle that has its parking brake mechanism fail can pose a serious physical hazard to those working around it, not to mention any property that is nearby. Make sure that the parking brake's pneumatic system is in a good shape and has adequate pressure. You should also check the break pads to ensure they still provide enough padding. 

5. Use Inspection Software

Inspections are a regular process that often feels like its taking up too much of your day, especially if you are using paper and pencil to record them. There are better tools available that can help streamline the inspection process, and ensure that any findings are reported to the proper people. 

To help you conduct a vehicle inspection, you may want to consider trying a free demo acount of IndustrySafe Inspection Software. This safety software allows you to use pre-built inspection checklists, upload photos of your findings, and allow upper-management to run detailed reports.

It also comes with an Inspections Mobile App that makes conducting inspections as easy as pulling out your mobile device, even if you don't have internet connection! For more information, sign up for a free demo account today!

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