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A vehicle inspection or circle check is a physical and visual inspection of the vehicle before you use it. Making a report of issues helps to make sure the vehicle is safe to use. Use the vehicle manual or manufacturer’s guide to help customize your inspection. Report all issues to your supervisor or to individuals responsible for vehicle maintenance.
The inspection should be done before using the vehicle, at least daily, and can be done each time you use the vehicle (pre-operation inspection).
Walking around your vehicle before driving will also give you the opportunity to look for obstructions or hazards that are in the area that may be a concern when driving (e.g., people, pets, posts, poles, holes, other vehicles, etc.)
NOTE: This document covers typical vehicles such as cars, trucks, and SUVs (less than 3500 km gross vehicle weight). Commercial vehicles, transport trucks, or passenger carrying vehicles (e.g., ambulances, school buses, etc.) may be required to follow more strict legislation. Contact your jurisdiction for more information.
Below is a sample inspection checklist. Determine the level of detail needed for your workplace. Customize this form to meet your needs.
In all cases, check that the item is in good working order, there are no leaks or damage, or the item is properly secured.
|Daily Vehicle Inspection / Circle Check|
|√ – Item satisfactory / X – Item needs attention |
Report concerns immediately.
Do not operate a vehicle until you are sure it is safe to do so.
|Keep form in glove compartment until complete, and then file with the vehicle maintentence office.|
|Licence plate/valid sticker|
|Clutch (if applicable)|
|Headlight- low beam|
|Headlight- high beam|
|Indicators/signal lights/emergency flashers|
|Area around feet/pedals clear|
|Instrument panel/indicator lights|
|Accessories (hands-free phone system, global positioning system (GPS), radio, etc.)|
|Fan, heater/defroster, air conditioner|
|First aid kit|
|Other safety items (triangles, flares, etc.)|
|Indicator or warning lights|
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