Pre-pass is an electronic device mounted in trucks that is read at a weigh station and tells the weigh station to signal a green go right through, or a red, stop here. It is based on the history of your company, if they have a lot of issues with D.O.T. inspections, they generally will not get the Pre-Pass and drivers will have to pull in to all the weigh stations. If your company has good ratings, the drivers will generally just breeze on by the weigh stations.
I never fully understood how important this Pre-Pass was until I was out on the road with Allie. There are enough cogs in the wheels of your delivery, enough planning and time calculating, to toss in the weigh station is one more thing that can eat up a driver's time and cost them money.
Another reason I think drivers like it so much is getting to pass the weigh station without the stress of a potential DOT inspection. Seems like no matter how perfect the tractor/trailer/driver might be, there is a level of stress in getting an inspection that most want to avoid. Even though they will pass, it just eats even more time up and is stressful to sit through.
It is a good sign if a company has Pre-Pass, on top of benefiting the driver, generally a company has to be in good standing with inspections company wide to earn the privilege of the Pre-Pass. Chances are it is a decent company if they have Pre-Pass and you will see it does make the job easier out there.
In an attempt to let people know what it is like for over the road drivers, I am heading out with Jim Palmer Trucking driver Allie Knight.