Get Prepared for Brake Safety Week: September 6-12, 2015
Comercial Vehicle Safety Administration has announced the dates for the upcoming Brake Safety Week.
"Brake Safety Week – September 6-12, 2015 – is part of the Operation Airbrake program sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). During the week-long brake safety campaign, CMV inspectors will conduct brake system inspections (primarily Level IV Inspections) on trucks and buses throughout North America to identify out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations."
In 2014, Inspecters from participating agencies inspected 13,305 vehicles during Brake Safety Week and placed 2,162 commercial vehicles out of service (OOS) for brake violations. Of the vehicles inspected, the OOS rate for all brake-related violations conducted in North America was 16.2 percent, compared with 13.5 percent for the 2013 event. The OOS rate for brake adjustment rose to 10.4 percent from 9.0 percent in 2013. The OOS rate for brake components was 9.3 percent, up from 7.1 percent in 2013." Click Here to read more from CVSA.ORG
Be in the KNOW. Know what they will be looking for and Know how to prepare.
Air Brake Inspection Procedure - Is a level 5 inspection of your truck. This inspection may include but not limited to:
Low Air Warning Device
Pushrod Travel (Adjustment)
Air Loss Rate (If leak detected)
Tractor Protection System
Some Helpful Tips to be prepared for your Roadside Inspection:
Have your driver’s license, registration and log book (if you are required)
Run regularly scheduled preventative maintenance
Make sure your brakes are adjusted properly. Brake Adjustments are required to be preformed by a mechanic.
Make sure tire tread depth is no less then 2/32 in (Steering Tires) and 1/32 in (Back Tires)
Do a pre-trip brake inspection to test for leaks
Examine brake shoes
Measure Slack Adjuster Stroke
Check low air signals
Look for any damage
Walk around your truck and look for loose hoses and leaks
Check air disc brake rotors for cracks
Check for any air leaks in your air lines and valves
Ensure that slack adjusters functioning and S-cams are greased properly.
Check for cracks or grooves on your brake drums
Make sure all Emergency equipment is mounted in the cab and is in working order
Inspect brake linings for thickness, cracks, and wear
The goal here is to keep the road safe for everyone. Taking an extra few minutes to throughly inspect your truck and trailer before you leave your yard, and save you money in the end.