Quick Insight: Brake Safety Week

stop-signToday, 57% of the value of trade from Canada to the US is done by road, while 17% is by rail and 16% by pipeline. With trucking taking the lead, we see two symbolic events having occurred simultaneously, National Trucking Week took place September 7-12 and Brake Safety Week took place September 7-13. The purpose of the weeklong celebration of trucking is to recognize the 400,000 Canadian workers and their contributions to keep the country’s freight moving.  Brake safety week includes roadside inspections conducted by the CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) to ensure driver and vehicle safety. It is important to keep our dedicated trucking workers and our roads safe.

With Brake Safety Week coming to an end and hopefully with no violations for you, we have learnt the following:

What to look out for so your brakes will pass inspection: With more than 30,000 brake inspections estimated to take place during Brake Safety Week, drivers thoroughly verify that a vehicle’s brake system is in good condition before leaving the yard. Brake inspections are a part of scheduled maintenance, but drivers should also be capable of checking “at the wheel” components and conduct overall system checks. Read more here.

5 Tips to Ensure Brake Safety Week is smooth sailing: Regular vehicle maintenance as well as thorough pre-trip inspections can dramatically improve roadway safety. Fleet operators should not manually adjust components in the case of an out-of-adjustment brake stroke and ensure the air system is free of contaminants. Drivers should know how to read and address fault codes, conduct thorough visual inspections, and inspect brake linings. All to the effect of a good CSA score. Read more here.

Looking at violations per state can help you plan better: Each state has its own rankings in terms of violations found in Brake Safety Week from previous years. Taking a close look at where you stand and seeing what the most common violations have been will help you avoid infractions relating to replacement friction, stopping distance, air contaminants, and preventative maintenance. Read more here.