The annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week will be September 16-22st. Are you prepared? During this weeklong enforcement spree, CVSA enforcement inspectors will be focusing on critical brake violations, and will conduct driver roadside inspections. According to the Large Truck Crash Causation (LTCCS) Study conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 32.7 percent of large trucks with pre-crash violations had brake problems.
What You Need To Watch Out For During Brake Safety Week
CVSA certified inspectors will conduct a standard Level I 37-point inspection that includes you and your vehicle. The brake inspection section will consist of the following:
- Identifying loose or missing parts
- Air or hydraulic fluid leaks
- Defective rotor conditions
- Measurement of pushrod travel
- Mismatched air chamber sizes across axles
- Air reservoir integrity and mounting
- Worn linens
- Drums or rotors
- Brake-system warning devices
- Also, any other brake components
In 12 jurisdictions you will be using performance-based brake testing (PBBT) equipment to test your vehicle’s braking efficiency. For more information on this inspection, visit the CVSA website.
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