Brake Safety Week August 23-29, 2020

by Stephanie Jenks on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in Life on the Road

This week, August 23rd-29th is Brake Safety Week as named by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. The primary function of this week is to improve commercial vehicle brake safety.

Inspectors will be performing inspections to identify any defective braking systems on truck or trailer. These actions are an effort to reduce brake-related issues, which can be dangerous if not caught. In a commercial motor vehicle traveling at 62mph, it would take over 310 feet to come to a complete stop…that is with properly functioning brakes.

What can you do to make sure you truck’s brakes are working properly? Make sure you are doing a thorough pre-trip inspection. Issues to look for are: missing or cracked brake pads, push-rods on slack adjusters missing or damaged. Also look to make sure there are no cuts, abrasions, bulges, or leaking air coming from the brake lines or air bags and all electrical cords are secure.

Reminder: They cannot inspect your truck and trailer while its moving down the road. Do not give DOT a reason to pull you over such as speeding, no seatbelt or use of hand-held devices while driving.

Be safe out there!