What Your Drivers Need to Know About CVSA’s Upcoming Brake Safety Week

Preparing Your Drivers for Brake Safety Week


Pre- and post-trip inspections are always an essential practice, but especially so during Brake Safety Week. Throughout the week of August 23-29, 2020, CMVs will be subject to inspection; if violations are found, they will be placed out of service until corrected.

Roadside inspections always include a thorough brake check, but this year, officials will be taking a close look at brake tubes and hoses. Proper mechanical fitness of the brakes is crucial to the safe operation of the vehicle.  A failure at any point in the braking system could result in dangerous or potentially fatal accidents.

Before August 23, every fleet driver should be aware of what enforcement officials will be paying attention to. If they aren’t confident in the proper status and function of their entire braking system, now is the time to act.

Last Year’s Stats – Brake Safety Week 


During the unannounced Brake Blitz in May of 2019, enforcement officials inspected over 10,000 CMVs for brake-related violations. 16% of all vehicles inspected were placed out of service due to critical issues.

CVSA reports the top 5 brake-related violations in Q1 & Q2 of 2019 were:

  • 86,296 CMV with brakes out of adjustment
  • 45,594 Post-1994 model CMVs’ ABS system failed to compensate for wear
  • 37,737 Chafed or kinked brake hose/tube
  • 37,313 No/Non-working ABD malfunction indicator lamp for post-1998 trailers
  • 31,125 Inoperative/defective brakes

Safety First – Prepare for Inspection


Remind drivers to always perform pre- and post-trip inspections with caution. Just because the tractor-trailer is not in motion doesn’t mean its risk-free.

If possible, find a flat surface to park before the inspection. Experts suggest placing blocks or chocks around the drive tires for added stability.

Before Brake Safety Week, evaluate your fleet’s equipment with the following concerns.

  • How would a 16% fleet shutdown impact my company in terms of:
    • Operating Revenue
    • Mileage Loss
    • Breakdown/Hotel Pay
    • Maintenance costs
    • Fines/Citations
    • Vehicle Maintenance BASIC
  • Does your fleet know what to look for?
    • Chaffing or rubbing airlines
    • Hose diameter reduction due to wear
    • Damaged, missing, or broken components
    • Brake pad and lining measurements
    • Cracked or contaminated pads or lining
    • Excessive camshaft movement
    • Rust or cracks on drum due to inoperative brakes
    • Rust/holes in brake chamber
    • Audible air leaks in the emergency brake
    • How to measure the pushrod

If your fleet has not been properly trained and familiar with these procedures, you could be facing some serious downtime if they fail inspection. Infinit-I Workforce Solutions can help you. Our content library contains the following safety videos regarding braking systems:

  • – Inoperative/Defective Brakes
  • – How ABS Works
  • – How You Should Brake with ABS
  • – Brake Safety
  • – Heavy Trucking Breaking System and Braking Techniques
  • – Brakes, Grade, and Runaways for Hwy Trucks (Parts1-4)

These safety training videos can be assigned to your entire fleet in minutes. Call your Client Success Rep today to talk about your options.

If you are not yet an Infinit-I client, click here for your free demo. For 30 minutes of your time, we will not only demonstrate our value to your company, we will also give you 30 days of free access to our system. No obligation. Assign these videos to your fleet for free, just in time for Break Safety Week!

Exclusive Webinar


CVSA’s Director of Safety Programs will join us to discuss the brake-related inspection process and advise the proper precautions.  Last year 13.5% of CMVs received brake-related violations and were placed out of service.  

This presentation will include proper attachment, flexibility, and how to spot potential failures in the braking system. 

Special Content: 

  • -Annual Brake Safety Week  
  • -How to Prepare 
  • -Inspection Details 
  • -Violations Consequences 

Attendance is complimentary, sign up here. 

 

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