Get ready to pump the brakes August 23-29

Is your fleet ready for this year’s Brake Safety Week? The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is gearing up for their annual crackdown to make sure your vehicles have reliable brakes in place.

From August 23-29, brake hoses and tubing will be checked during roadside inspections. Last year, 13.5% of drivers were placed out of service due to braking violations, during the more than 34,000 inspections on Brake Safety Week. Could your fleet make it through the sudden suspension of more than 1 out of 10 drivers?

Three ways your fleet management solution can help with Brake Safety Week:

  1. Preventative maintenance alerts are designed to catch faulty brake issues before they occur. Fleet managers can quickly and thoroughly review records to ensure brakes and all components are regularly serviced, based on yard maintenance, miles driven, and age and type of braking systems in use.
  2. Driver behavior reporting can relay important information to safety managers about what’s happening behind the wheel. When harsh braking is frequently reported, it’s a good idea to coach drivers toward lower speeds and more focus when driving. This reduces risk, saves money on maintenance and avoids the costs of violations.
  3. Integrated DVIR in your fleet management solution can help bring better consistency and quality to your drivers’ pre- and post-trip inspections. This helps carriers stay on top of preventive maintenance tasks.

How to get your team prepped for Brake Safety Week:

✓ Drivers must have license, authority number, registration and RODS ready for inspection
✓ Ensure preventive maintenance is current
✓ Examine all brake shoes and drums
✓ Inspect air systems to ensure they are not contaminated with oil or other fluids
✓ Make certain low air warnings are working
✓ Check low air signals and listen for leaks
✓ Walk around trucks to check for leaks or loose hoses
✓ Check for cracks on air disc brake rotors
✓ Inspect brake friction (linings for thickness, any cracks, any visible wear)

Prepare drivers, vehicles and brakes with our Brake Safety Checklist:

Download EROAD’s Brake Safety Week 12-point Preparation Checklist – print it out, laminate and share with drivers.

Effective pre- and post-trip inspections are a year-round part of the job. However, now is an excellent time to focus on training and education that emphasizes braking systems.

We hope you make it through any inspections with flying colors!