brake safety week 2024

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Brake-related issues are responsible for more out-of-service violations than any other infraction. In 2023, 25.2% of all vehicle out-of-service violations during the CVSA International Roadcheck were brake-related. In response to the dangerously high presence of brake violations, the CVSA introduced Brake Safety Week 2024. Despite the initiative’s history of reducing safety concerns, unprepared carriers can have their trucks sidelined.

Here’s what you need to know.

 

What is the CVSA Brake Safety Week 2024?

 

brake safety week 2024

Brake Safety Week is a week-long inspection and enforcement initiative. If brake-related violations are discovered, carriers will be prevented from traveling until the violations are corrected.

Brake Safety Week 2024 will take place August 25 – 31.

This year’s inspection will focus on brake pads and linings. A typical inspection will include the following steps:

  1. Inspect air brake mechanical components.
  2. Evaluate the steering axle air brake.
  3. Sustain air pressure to 90 – 100 psi.
  4. Review brake adjustment.
  5. Inspect tractor protection system.
  6. Check air brake systems, if applicable.
  7. Test air pressure using a warning device.
  8. Evaluate air loss.

Now that you know what to expect, here’s how to prepare your truck for Brake Safety Week.

 

How to Inspect Your Brakes for Brake Safety Week 2024

 

brake safety week 2024

The best way to participate in Brake Safety Week is to ensure your brakes follow CVSA standards. Here are seven ways to be sure that you’re ready.

  1. Inspect your brake lining and look for signs of decay, including grooves in the drum from contact with the rivet.
  2. Evaluate the shoe-to-drum clearance to confirm there is adequate lining on the shoe.
  3. Search for leaks at the hub that may be contaminating the pad surface.
  4. Confirm there is no lining missing.
  5. Check for cracks in the lining.
  6. Look for exposed rivets on the shoe.
  7. Ensure that the rotors are not rusted.

For additional information about the brake inspection procedure, consult the official inspection checklist here.

With Brake Safety Week only a few weeks away, now is the best time to prepare. By properly maintaining their brakes, carriers can avoid sidelining and secure the safety of themselves and others.

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