Inspect the outside of your delivery vehicle before you start the route. Walk around the delivery vehicle and check for strange smells, defective equipment and noise. Defective equipment may include worn tires, broken springs and misalignment of the axles.
Start the Engine
Once you start your engine, check your oil pressure and air pressure. Check pressure build-up if the air pressure reads below 40 psi. Reduce air pressure until the warning light disappears, if the air pressure read above 60 psi.
Check the Inside
Make sure your horn works properly, windshield wipers move and fluids are at the proper levels. Fill low fluids completely. Verify that the emergency flashers work, check the emergency brakes and ensure that the heater and defroster systems operate. Look to see if any warning lights are on and that you have a fire extinguisher in the vehicle.
Right and Left Side of Vehicle
Make sure the gas tank is closed and the tank has a cap. Check to see if your sidemarkers lights and reflectors are worn or broken. If you have a side door, assure the door properly locks. Secure extra tires or wheels to the truck with appropriate equipment.
Look at Connectors
Connect appropriate hoses, couplers and electrical connectors. Assure that the safety chain, tow bar or locking devices are in the correct position.
Prior to loading your vehicle, make sure all compartments are empty. Some companies charge the delivery crew, if you place products on top of other products that should not be on your designated route. If you are loading some type of gasoline or Kerosene product, your truck must be distillate before loading new product. Drivers must drain the compartment of all remaining product before adding kerosene or gas products.
While you load your delivery vehicle, pay close attention to what you are doing, whether you are loading natural gas products or boxes. Refrain from drinking, eating, reading or writing during the loading process.
Loading the Vehicle
When loading, do not leave the unit underneath the rack area. If the loading rack equipment breakdowns or you notice a spill, notify the plant manager. Make sure you retrieve all documents and a bill of lading or invoice before you leave. Verify tat the emergency response guidebook and OSHA product identification label are in the delivery vehicle.