Whether you’re driving an 18-wheel rig or have a commercial fleet of 2 or 20, — you cannot avoid regular brake maintenance on your vehicle. This week (August 22-28) has been recognized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) as Brake Safety Week.
This annual event is a valuable reminder for drivers and business owners with commercial fleets to emphasize the importance of ensuring sufficient brake systems in commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Specifically, the event highlights brake maintenance and efficiency’s role in reducing brake-related CMV accidents on the road.
“Brake maintenance should never be an afterthought for a commercial or even personal vehicle,” Autumn Insurance & Benefits CEO Curt Rager said. “We all know the longer we wait to service brakes, the more expensive it gets and the safety priorities are obvious. Not only could a reluctance to regularly service brakes be dangerous for the driver and other cars on the road, but resulting accidents could affect your safety record, risk management goals and insurance premium costs for years.”
The focus of this year’s event is brake hoses and tubing. During this week-long initiative, certified vehicle inspectors will review CMVs using the CVSA’s North American out-of-service criteria and remove any CMVs with brake-related violations from the roadways. Conducting these inspections, identifying brake-related violations and placing unsafe CMVs out of service is essential because:
- Over a third (38.6%) of all CMV out-of-service conditions were caused by brake system and adjustment violations during last year’s International Roadcheck inspection and enforcement initiative.
- The third most cited vehicle-related factor among fatal CMV and passenger vehicle crashes was brake system failures, according to a recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
- Eight out of the FMCSA’s top 20 vehicle violations in 2020 were brake-related.
- More than 10% of the 43,565 CMVs inspected were placed out of service for brake-related issues during last year’s Brake Safety Week.
The CVSA consistently schedules Brake Safety Week in August, in conjunction with Brake Safety Awareness Month. The event’s announcement takes place in advance to allow motor carriers, commercial drivers, and mechanics to assess and service their vehicles, thus ensuring their CMVs (especially their brake systems) are in safe working conditions while out on the roadways.
After Brake Safety Week, inspectors will combine all the collected data and submit the results to the CVSA. The CVSA will then report its findings later in the year.
For further commercial fleet resources and risk management guidance, call Autumn Insurance at 248-478-1177.