Are You Prepared for Brake Safety Week?

Checking your brakes as part of pre-trip inspection is always important, but drivers should be extra vigilant during Brake Safety Week 2020.

men in garage checking brake safety of truck

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)’s annual Brake Safety Week will go on as scheduled this year. From August 23-29, 2020, enforcement officials will inspect commercial motor vehicles. Vehicles found to have critical out-of-service brake violations, or other critical vehicle out-of-service inspection item violations, will be restricted from traveling until those violations are corrected.

What is Law Enforcement Looking For?

During last year’s International Roadcheck inspection and enforcement initiative, brake system and brake adjustment violations accounted for 45.1% of all out-of-service conditions.

According to the CVSA, inspectors during Brake Safety Week will be paying special attention to brake hoses and tubing. If these components fail, it can result in problems for the entire braking system.

Are You and Your Truck Prepared?

Before hitting the road, you should always check your brakes as part of your pre-trip inspection. Pay special attention to potential issues with hoses/tubing such as:

  • Loose, unattached, or damaged hoses or tubing
  • Chafed or kinked hoses
  • Air or hydraulic fluid leaks

Download the CVSA Brake Inspection Checklist for more information on where to look and what to inspect during a brake inspection.

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