Fuel for Thought RIGs


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On Time Media Staff
You may have seen the news about rear impact guards on trailers now being a part of the annual inspections. While most expediters tend to drive straight trucks and cargo vans, this new inspection does not only pertain to trailers. Sure, cargo and sprinter type vans are not affected by this, but straight trucks certainly fall in this category as well.

There are certain standards for what will pass as a rear impact guard (RIG). Most, if not all, straight trucks that have a rear impact guard, will have a welded rear bumper (RIG), and these welds will need to be checked for cracked welds before it will pass the new DOT inspection standards. If you have one of these, you should have already been keeping it in proper working order, but now it will be even more important to carefully inspect the RIG during your pre and post trip inspections...