We watched over the weekend, while feeling a little under the weather, a cable channel marathon of the "Taken" movie series starring Liam Neeson. Taken and Taken 2 are both about Liam Neeson killing bad guys from the same family, and the villain's father gets it in the end of #2. Perfect.
There's a scene in Taken 2 where Neeson opens his steel suit case on the bed of his hotel in Istanbul to reveal his working trade craft...weapons, and lots of them, cash, in several currencies and of course...papers, passports, and a bunch of ID's. There was also a grenade, one never knows when a grenade might come in handy in Istanbul.
Although we don't carry hand weapons or grenades in our trucks, we do have a lot of papers, and it seems like a good time to do a quick check of our papers to make sure everything is current and right. Although very tempting, a grenade is not a suitable back-up at a weigh station.
An occasional inventory of your on-board documents is a good idea. We put all of ours into sheet protectors bound by a sturdy 3-ring binder. Then divide the binder into 2 sections, 1 for truck documents, and the other for driver documents. The binder also holds the drivers daily log, including the last 15 days.
The truck section documents include the annual DOT inspection the CAB Cards for both the truck and the trailer in tow, the annual registration cards for both the truck and the trailer, and the insurance cards for truck and trailer. Having these documents separately held in sheet protectors bound into a binder will give you an immediate positive impression to any law enforcement officer, that you are well organized and compliant. There's almost nothing worse than scrambling around your truck looking for a document among the old sugar and catsup packets in your glove box. Saying "I know it's here somewhere".... is likely going to raise the level of scrutiny in your inspection.
The most important driver document is your medical card. It should also be in a sheet protector and in the binder. The rest of the driver section is your daily driver logs, and you must account for the last 15 days in your log book.
Every DOT check point, road side stop, or weigh station inspection will always start out with some variation on the theme "papers please." You don't need a steel suit case of documents and weapons...particularly the weapons, but a nice sturdy and organized 3-ring binder is just as powerful.