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What is a Vehicle Inspection Checklist?

A vehicle inspection checklist is used to evaluate a vehicle’s working condition. It aims to identify mechanical issues or defects that may cause accidents and operational downtime. Vehicle checklists are used by drivers, mechanics, and safety officers during pre-start checks and regular inspections.

What Should be on your Vehicle Inspection Checklist?

A vehicle inspection should be regularly carried out to ensure that vehicles are in good working order and safe for use on the road. Federal laws require vehicle owners to conduct daily inspections to limit the occurrence of accidents on the road. The question is, where do you begin?

There are some areas or items in the vehicle that should be inspected daily, among these are:

  • Engine oil – Use an oil dipstick to determine where the level is at, and if you should refill. Ensuring that engine oil is at the right level mitigates the risk of overheating which can result in costly repairs.
  • Air pressure of tires – Visually check tires before use and see if they are properly inflated. Also, look out for any signs of damage and unusual wear. Checking these daily does not only ensure safety on the road but also prolongs the life of your vehicle.
  • Lights – This involves checking if the headlights, tail lights, and signal lights are all in proper working condition. This is crucial as some of these lights ensure the vehicle’s visibility to other drivers, these are especially important in situations with low visibility.
  • Horn – Confirm if horn works as it helps avoid collisions by making other drivers and pedestrians aware that a vehicle is nearby.
  • Windshield & wipers – Ensure that there is enough water in the wiper system and check the blades. Wiper blades do wear over time. If blades are cracked worn or otherwise damaged they should be replaced.
  • Vehicle documents & license plate – Make sure that vehicle documents are stored safely in the glovebox and ensure that your license plate is clean and not obscured or obstructed.
  • Engine Noises – Engine noises are a great early indicator of potential issues in a vehicle. If knocking or tapping is noticed from a cold start then it could be an indicator of a serious defect.
  • Leaks – This involves checking whether there are any leaks in or around the vehicle. The color and location of the leak can help diagnose the problem, but leaks can indicate serious problems so if any leaks are spotted then it’s important to ensure the vehicle is checked by a professional.

And other critical areas and items that you should also check regularly are the following:

  • Tires’ tread depth
  • Battery
  • Transmission
  • Steering
  • Engine belts and hoses
  • Brakes

What is iAuditor and How can I use it for Vehicle Inspection Checklists?

iAuditor is the perfect tool for conducting vehicle inspections. Get started by downloading a template using iAuditor, conduct inspections on your mobile or tablet, take photos of vehicle defects, generate PDF reports on your mobile and securely store all data in the cloud. Preview a sample inspection report generated using the iAuditor mobile app.


Jai Andales

SafetyCulture staff writer

Jai is a content writer for SafetyCulture based in Manila. She has been writing well-researched articles about health and safety topics since 2018. She is passionate about empowering businesses to utilize technology in building a culture of safety and quality.