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CVSA Brake Safety Week Set for August 21-27

Brake Safety Week is an annual brake-safety inspection, enforcement and education initiative for commercial motor vehicles. Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conduct commercial motor vehicle and driver inspections a myriad of stations for Brake Safety week. During Brake Safety Week, the examiners carry out the typical inspections (North American Standard Level I & V) to capture, and report relevant data to the CVSA.

The results will be released in the fall.

There is no debate that auto-safety is important, but what are the common consequences for cutting corners on brake safety?

Here is the harsh truth:

  • Brake failure accounts for about about 300,000 crashes per year

  • Defective brakes were the leading cause of road accidents – where a vehicle defect was a contributory factor – for the sixth year running, new figures suggest

  • Brake-related violations accounted for eight out of the top 20 vehicle violations in 2020, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

  • An estimated 22% of collisions involving light vehicles were attributed to brake-related problems, according to 2015 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  • During last year’s Brake Safety Week, 12% of the 43,565 commercial motor vehicles inspected were placed out of service for brake-related violations

Here is some brake safety tips and signs:

According to Buerkle Honda:

  • Screeching Noise

  • Pulling to the Side

  • Low Pedal Pressure

  • Hard Pedal Pressure

  • Grabbing

  • Vibrations

  • Brake Light Illuminated

According to Sensible Driver

  • Take it easy in extreme conditions

  • Are your brakes “spongy”? Could be a sign there is air in the brake line or perhaps a leak

  • Listen for grinding or scraping sounds when you apply the brakes

  • According to Molla, drivers should use replacement pads that meet manufacturer’s recommendations

  • Get your vehicle brakes inspected before your road trip

Utilize the DVIR to increase safety

The Driver-Vehicle Inspection Report's goal is to reduce the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving commercial vehicles. The report aids to ensure that a vehicle can perform optimally and is in proper condition to be operated. The safer vehicle, creates a safer driver, creating a safer road environment.

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