These three letters send shivers down the backs of even the most veteran of drivers, hairs rise on the back of necks and goosebumps appear out of nowhere. These three letters are a truck driver's worst fear: DOT. If you know your PSP, you will have nothing to fear.
PSP stands for pre-employment screening program.
Any professional truck driver may order a PSP for $10. That will be the best $10 you ever spend.
For $10, you will be able to see what the DOT officer sees when he or she pulls you over. Some of those valuable notations include:
- If you inspect your equipment
- Any previous DOT violations you may have
- If you take care of your logs
- If your driving record is kept clean
By having your PSP information, you will be prepared to answer any questions the DOT officer may have for you. In this case, ignorance is not bliss.
In the following series, we will dive deeper into the above five pieces of information every truck driver needs to know. Last week, we covered company safety scores.