Starting Your Route

  • Driver arrives to work on time

  • Proceeds directly to hand truck area & puts equipment on trailer in a secure manner

  • Check load condition and verify route

  • Couples and completes a thorough pre-trip inspection

  • Leaves yard in a timely manner


  • Driver uses seatbelt continuously throughout the trip

  • Driver displays safe driving habits throughout the route

  • Follows all city, state and fedreral laws govering commercial driving

Smith System "The five keys to safe driving"

  • Aim high in steering

  • Get the big picture

  • Keep your eyes moving

  • Leave yourself an out

  • Make sure they see you

  • Employee able to recite the 5 Smith Keys


  • Avoids backing when possible

  • G.O.A.L. Get Out And Look

  • Aware of surroundings while backing

  • No more than one mph while backing

  • Employee knows the meaning of G.O.A.L.

  • If applicable, did driver utilize their safety cone while backing?

Arriving and Leaving

  • Drives with extreme caution while entering, on and exiting the customer's property

  • Checks all clearances above, below, behind, in front and sides of vehicle

  • Uses four way flashers

  • Secure load, ramp, side steps and doors

  • Check front, back and both side of vehicle prior to entering vehicle when leaving stop


  • Driver uses a 3 point stance when entering and exiting the tractor and trailer

  • Driver performs warm up procedures

  • Driver turns off ignition and removes key while not in vehicle

  • Driver safely extends ramp and attaches it to rear of trailer (uses both hands, etc.)

  • Trailer is clean and free of debris

  • Driver organizes and down stacks load throughout the day

  • Driver demonstrates proper lifting procedures

  • Is the driver safe or at risk for injuries associated with improper lifting?

  • Aware of postion in trailer - Maintains a safe distance from the rear and side door

  • Driver has two-wheeler properly loaded

  • Driver proceeds down ramp forward (never backwards) and in a safe manner - Realease two-wheeler if control is lost

  • Observe delivery path, steps, ramp and delivery door for adverse conditions before and while delivering - Remove or report hazards

  • Driver goes up and down steps in a safe manner (uses legs not back)

  • Stack empty pallets flat or secure to the side of trailer

  • Driver is wearing appropriate PPE (gloves, shoes, etc.)

  • Driver safely replaces ramp in carriage (uses both hands, lifts with legs not back, etc.)

General Assessment

  • Driver is properly uniformed for work and is clean and neat

  • Driver proceeds to customer, runs route as scheduled

  • During the observation, driver exhibited a positive and safe attidue

  • Drive is aware of his surroundings at all times

  • Was the delivery free from any equipment problems, barriers or significant delays?

  • Pictures


  • Zoning and Label Placement

  • Damaged Product

  • Blankets on Cooler Pallets

  • Load Straps

  • Pallet Jack

DOT/Safety Checklist

  • Valid Medical Card

  • Valid CDL

  • Valid Vehicle Registration

  • 2016 Accident Kit

  • Valid Insurance Card

  • Telogis Law Enforcement Card

  • FMCSR Book - Must be dated February 2016 or later

  • 2012 ERG Book

  • Spill Kit

  • Reflective Triangles

  • Fire Extinguisher

  • DVCR Book

  • Log Book

  • Cab Clean

  • Valid Tractor Annual Inspection

  • Valid Trailer Annual Inspection

Comments & Signature

  • Comments

  • Employee Signature

  • Supervisor Signature

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