Vehicle Inspections: Tractor Trailers - Online Training Course

Interactive Training
45 minutes
Last Updated

Course Description

Vehicle Inspections: Tractor Trailers - Online Training Course


  • Successful commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers must do all they can to avoid accidents, roadside breakdowns and lost road time due to poor vehicle maintenance. Conducting vehicle inspections helps drivers keep their vehicles in working order. Routine vehicle inspections enable drivers to discover unsafe conditions before they cause accidents or crashes, find mechanical problems before they lead to costly breakdowns, prevent being placed out of service during a roadside inspection and avoid being subject to infractions/fines that affect productivity and profits.
  • The J. J. Keller's Vehicle Inspections: Tractor Trailers eLearning course covers the following topics:
    • Pre-Trip Inspections
      • Getting Started
      • Step 1: Engine Compartment & Front Axle Components
      • Step 2: In-Cab Inspection
      • Step 3: Lights
      • Step 4: Walk-Around
      • Step 5: Brakes System Check
    • On-the-Road Inspections
      • When to Perform
      • How to Perform
    • Post-Trip Inspections
      • Procedures
      • DVIR
    • Conclusion
  • After completing this course, learners will be able to:
    • Conduct a thorough pre-trip inspection
    • Explain when an on-the-road inspection needs to be done, and how to complete one
    • Complete a proper post-trip inspection
    • Explain when a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) is required, and how to complete one
    • Discuss the importance of using the same inspection routine every time they drive
  • Intended Audience: All drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles
  • Regs Covered: FMCSR Section 392.7 and 396.13 (pre-trip), 392.9 (on-the-road), and 396.11 (post-trip)
  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Copyright Date: 2016 (Rev. 12/16)

System Req.

This course can be completed using a tablet device, such as an iPad or Android tablet. We do not recommend nor support using a mobile device with a screen size of less than seven inches, such as a smart phone.

To ensure full course functionality, your computer will need to meet or exceed the following requirements:

  • Windows XP operating system, or later
  • 128 MB of RAM
  • Speakers or headphones, soundcard or on-board audio source
  • Video card and monitor capable of a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Internet Explorer 8.0 and higher for PC / Mozilla Firefox 19 and higher for PC / Google Chrome 25 or higher for PC. If using a Mac desktop or laptop, Safari, Chrome and Firefox typically work, however it is advised you install the latest version of those browsers as well as the latest version of Flash. 
    • Pop-up blockers must be disabled
    • JavaScript must be enabled
    • Flash Player 10, however the latest version is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
    • Cookies must be allowed
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 or higher
  • Minimum bandwidth availability of 1.5 Mbps. 3.0 Mbps or higher recommended.


This course is designed to help properly prepare property-carrying CMV drivers for conducting pre-trip, on-the-road and post-trip inspections on standard CMVs.
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