Being pulled over by a commercial enforcement officer for a department of transportation (D.O.T.)
federal regulatory stop is a bit different than a traditional traffic stop. A traffic stop is conducted by a
police officer, who has probable cause to pull you over and either issue you a citation or let you off with
a simple warning, whether it is not using a turn signal, not yielding right of way, or the number one reason I get pulled over, speeding.
Regardless there are a ton of traffic laws that give a police officer the
right to pull you over if they find you in violation. As to where a D.O.T. stop may be conducted at random by a commercial enforcement officer, who has gone through state training and testing to perform a D.O.T. regulatory stop.
This stop consists of a 19 point inspection of the truck and trailer
based on the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)North American standard program, looking at but not limited to; brakes, coupling devices, fuel or exhaust systems, frames, lighting, securement of
cargo, steering, suspension, hubs and last but not least, tires, wheels, and rims.
We at Truck Tire Depot in Houston Texas, really cannot do much to help with most their check list but we can most definitely help you get in compliance with the last part. So when you are conducting your pre trip vehicle inspection. By that I don’t mean walking around the truck kicking your tires thinking they look alright, I mean actually check with an air gauge to make sure that you tires are at the correct inflation
pressure and that they are not less than 50% under inflation, you can find the correct PSI (pounds for square inch)level for your tire on the side wall. We also check for irregular wear patterns on the tires.
Depending on the type of pattern displayed will give you a good indication of what could be going on with your truck and or trailer. For example, if your steers have multiple flat spots, you could possibly have faulty shocks, or loose worn wheel bearings, to name a couple of possible reasons. Or, if your trailer has localized flat spots worn diagonally, it could be an indication of improper bearing adjustment or misalignment among other things. The tires tread depth, steer tires should have at least
2/32nds of tread life measured at two adjacent lines. You cannot use a wear bar or stone ejector rib as a measuring point. On the drive or trailer tires there must be 4/32nds tread life left to meet regulation standards. To check tread depth a simple tire tread gauge tool is used and can be purchased at most truck stops. Visibly check for bubbles on the side wall, wires showing, bald spots, bulges, cuts, cracks or penetrations on your tires. Some of these violations are just citations and some can even pull your truck out of commission.
No matter if you do not feel comfortable, bring your truck or trailer down to 4524 N Mc Carty Dr and let one of our knowledgeable, friendly tire techs look over your tires and let us get you rolling right. If you need an air check, valve stem tightened, or if we must replace you tire with a new or
used tire, we want to help get you on the road safely.