A letter writer argues all motorists should perform weekly pre-trip inspections of their vehicles in order to make the roads safer and more enjoyable.

All drivers should follow the lead of professional truckers

Even regular vehicle drivers need to do regular safety inspections.

I would like to let you know what really bugs me, as a professional driver holding a Class 1 driver’s licence.

I am required by law to do a complete walk-around inspection on my commercial truck, including lights (brake, running, headlights – both low and high, and signals), check my wheels and tires, brakes, and to inspect for anything that would impede the safe operation of my truck.

I have been noticing an alarming trend of vehicles operating unsafely on our roads and highways; vehicles being driven with burned-out taillights, no brake lights, burned-out headlights, and non-operational signals.

I try to inform as many drivers as I safely can but alas, this task is to great for me alone. Yesterday I was following behind a farm vehicle (Chevy cab, over five tonne) driving with his power lift blocking his tail lights, but I was unable to inform him as he sped eastbound on the 401.

I think bringing back yearly motor vehicle inspection for all licensed vehicles would help to stop this, but all drivers could help by once a week, before leaving home, starting your car, turning on your lights and hazard lights, and walking around your vehicle to make sure everything works. Also, if possible, have someone check while you apply the brakes to make sure the lights work.

Please, if all drivers could follow this advice then maybe there would be fewer accidents and your fellow drivers would be less stressed and could enjoy their driving experience in the Lower Mainland.

Have a great summer.

Frank Bott, Surrey

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