You should perform a pre-start vehicle inspection before driving to ensure the vehicle isn’t damaged and is safe to use. If any damage is identified—or you have any safety concerns—report it to your fleet manager and seek confirmation that the vehicle is safe to drive.
If you’re unsure how to perform a pre-start vehicle inspection, follow the pre-start checklist steps below.
- No evidence of fluid leaks on the ground where the vehicle is parked
- All indicators, headlights and taillights work (i.e. one damaged light makes the vehicle unsafe)
- Horn works
- There’s no panel damage
- There are no obvious warning lights prompting you to check a potential issue (e.g. tyre pressure, brakes)
- Fuel levels are good (e.g. the vehicle’s fuel isn’t near empty or on empty). If the vehicle is an EV check the:
- charge levels
- ensure you have an EV charging card
- check the EV’s boot for a portable EV charger
- Wipers and washers work
- Check the tyres to ensure:
- no flat or damaged tyres
- in good condition (e.g. lots of tread left and no visible side wall damage)
- Ensure you have a fuel card
- Check the glovebox to see if the owner's handbook is there.