RoadCheck 2015: Preparing for Safety Inspections

Your motto on the road should always be “Safety First.” That is especially true when it comes to properly functioning brakes. According to the Operation Airbrake Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and other affiliated partners, “Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage (representing 46.2 percent during Roadcheck 2014) of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections.”

To help combat this issue, the Operation Airbrake Program is sponsoring a national “Brake Safety Week” September 6-12, 2015. During the campaign, “…CMV inspectors will conduct brake system inspections (primarily Level IV Inspections) on trucks and buses throughout North America…”

According to FMCSA and Operation Airbrake, properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operation. “CMV brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions, but they must be inspected and maintained carefully and consistently so they operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle’s life.”

Inspections conducted during Brake Safety Week consists of checking for loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty brake-system components.

According to Operation Airbrake, “Additional inspections may include some Level I Inspections and, in ten participating jurisdictions, overall vehicle braking efficiency will be tested using performance-based brake testing (PBBT) equipment. These systems include a slow speed roller dynamometer that measure total vehicle weight and total brake force, from which braking efficiency is calculated. The minimum braking efficiency for trucks is 43.5 percent, required by U.S. federal regulation and the CVSA Out-of-Service Criteria.”

Brake safety is always a priority and inspections are more important than ever. According to Operation Airbrake, more than 13,000 brakes were inspected last year. Altogether, more than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected since the program’s inception in 1998.

To get drivers prepared, The Motorist Assurance Program is also hosting free brake safety inspections during August, considered Brake Safety Awareness month, across the country to help teach drivers about proper brake system safety and maintenance.

“We welcome all drivers to come and learn firsthand about proper brake system and vehicle care,” Joe Henmueller, Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) President said. “And, August is a perfect time to have your car’s brakes inspected. In a few weeks, the back-to-school driving routine begins. Soon, Mom & Dad are either shuttling students with full schedules, or maybe sending their teenager off to college in an older family vehicle.”

Before you know it, Henmueller added, the holidays and winter will be here. Checking brake condition and ensuring brake safety NOW offers great peace of mind.

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