The 5 W’s of Brake Safety Day
Do you know if your brake system would pass inspection? If you plan on being on the road September 7, 2017, you won’t want to find out the hard way! That’s the day of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Brake Safety Day! Last year 45.7% of inspected trucks were placed out-of-service during the International Roadcheck inspections for brake-related violations, so being properly prepared is of utmost importance. These 5 “W’s” (who, what, when, where, why) should answer all your questions and ensure that you and your truck brakes are inspection ready.
- What is Brake Safety Day? (Sorry, we’re starting with a different “W”, since Brake Safety Day is a thing we can’t really use “who!”) It is part of the Operation Airbrake program, sponsored by the CVSA and FMCSA. It’s an annual inspection conducted by law enforcement agencies throughout North America. In previous years the brake safety inspections occurred in the span of a week, this year it’s just going to be one 24-hour period.
- Who does Brake Safety Day impact? Anyone who drives a commercial vehicle could be stopped for inspection.
- Why is there a Brake Safety Day? Brake-related violations are the most common type of violation that places trucks out-of-service during inspection blitzes. Inspecting, identifying, and removing trucks with poorly maintained braking systems promotes safety for everyone on the road and encourages all carriers to keep up with regular maintenance on their vehicles.
- What will they inspect? (We thought of a second “what”!) During this day, local, state, and other federal motor carrier safety officials in North America will conduct North American Standard Level 1 Inspections, with an extra focus looking for these brake-system components:
- loose or missing parts
- air or hydraulic fluid leaks
- worn linings, pads, drums or rotors
- other faulty brake-system components
- anti-lock braking systems (ABS) indicator lights
- pushrod stroke measurement (when applicable)
- Where can I find resources in case I need repairs? The CVSA and FMCSA’s goal is to reduce the number of crashes caused by faulty or unmaintained brake systems and to make the highways safe for all motorists. They have provided an ample amount of resources from checklists to diagnostic tips so that you know your brakes will pass inspection. You can find the list of everything you need for Brake Safety Day here.
- When is Brake Safety Day? Thursday, September 7, 2017.
For more tips to get your truck ready to pass any inspection, read a blog by our friends at Apex on How to Prepare for a Level 1 DOT Inspection. It includes tips on how to do a pre-trip inspection that you can use to be prepared before Brake Safety Day. Safe travels!
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