2005 Commercial Driver’s License Manual Cargo securement (trucks. Cargo properly blocked, braced, tied, chained, etc. Header board adequate, secure (if required. Sideboards, stakes strong enough, free of damage, properly set in place (if so equipped. Canvas or tarp (if required) properly secured to prevent tearing, billowing, or blocking of mirrors. If oversize, all required signs (flags, lamps, and reflectors) safely and properly mounted and all required permits in driver's possession. Curbside cargo compartment doors in good condition, securely closed, latched/locked and required security seals in place. Right Rear Condition of wheels and rims--no missing, bent, or broken spacers, studs, clamps, or lugs. Condition of tires--properly inflated, valve stems and caps OK, no serious cuts, bulges, tread wear, tires not rubbing each other, and nothing stuck between them. Tires same type, e.g., not mixed radial and bias types. Tires evenly matched (same sizes. Wheel bearing/seals not leaking. Suspension. Condition of springs, spring hangers, shackles, and u-bolts. Axle secure. Powered axles) not leaking lube (gear oil. Condition of torque rod arms, bushings. Condition of shock absorber(s). If retractable axle equipped, check condition of lift mechanism. If air powered, check for leaks. Condition of air ride components. Brakes. Brake adjustment. Condition of brake drums) or discs. Condition of hoses--look for any wear due to rubbing. Lights and reflectors. Side-marker lights clean, operating, and proper color (red at rear, others amber. Side-marker reflectors clean and proper color red at rear, others amber. Rear Lights and reflectors. Rear clearance and identification lights clean, operating, and proper color (red at rear. Reflectors clean and proper color (red at rear. Taillights clean, operating, and proper color red at rear. Right rear turn signal operating, and proper color (red, yellow, or amber at rear. License plates) present, clean, and secured. Splash guards present, not damaged, properly fastened, not dragging on ground, or rubbing tires. Cargo secure (trucks. Cargo properly blocked, braced, tied, chained, etc. Tailboards up and properly secured. End gates free of damage, properly secured in stake sockets. Canvas or tarp (if required) properly secured to prevent tearing, billowing, or blocking of either the rearview mirrors or rear lights. If over-length, or over-width, make sure all signs and/or additional lights/flags are safely and properly mounted and all required permits are in driver's possession. Rear doors securely closed, latched/locked. Left Side Check all items as done on right side, plus Battery(ies) (if not mounted in engine compartment. Battery boxes) securely mounted to vehicle. Box has secure cover. Battery(ies) secured against movement. Battery(ies) not broken or leaking. Fluid in battery(ies) at proper level (except maintenance-free type. Cell caps present and securely tightened except maintenance-free type. Vents in cell caps free of foreign material except maintenance-free type.