Florida CDL Handbook: Trailer
11. Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection
- 11.1. All Vehicles
- 11.2. External Inspection (School Bus/Truck/Tractor)
- 11.3. School Bus Only
- 11.4. Trailer
- 11.5. Coach/Transit Bus
- 11.6. Taking the CDL Pre-trip Inspection Test
11.4.1 - Trailer Front
- Check that trailer air connectors are sealed and in good condition.
- Make sure glad hands are locked in place, free of damage or air leaks.
- Make sure the trailer electrical plug is firmly seated and locked in place.
- If equipped, check the header board to see that it is secure, free of damage, and strong enough to contain cargo.
- If equipped, the canvas or tarp carrier must be mounted and fastened securely.
- On enclosed trailers, check the front area for signs of damage such as cracks, bulges, or holes.
11.4.2 - Side of Trailer
- Check that the landing gear is fully raised, has no missing parts, crank handle is secure, and the support frame is not damaged.
- If power operated, check for air or hydraulic leaks.
- If equipped, check that doors are not damaged. Check that doors open, close, and latch properly from the outside.
- Check that ties, straps, chains, and binders are secure.
- If equipped with a cargo lift, look for leaking, damaged or missing parts and explain how it should be checked for correct operation.
- Lift should be fully retracted and latched securely.
- Look for cracks, broken welds, holes or other damage to the frame, cross members, box, and floor.
Tandem Release Arm/Locking Pins
- If equipped, make sure the locking pins are locked in place and release arm is secured.
11.4.3 - Remainder of Trailer
Remainder of Trailer
- Please refer to Section 11.2 of this manual for detailed inspection procedures regarding the following components:
- Suspension system.
- Splash guards