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Thursday, September 12, 2019

CVSA Brake Safety Week is Here! Complete Survival Guide

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Truckers across America prepare for CVSA Brake Safety Week.
CVSA Brake Safety Week is coming up from September 15-21, 2019.

Brake Safety Week is a weeklong effort to enforce and spread awareness about the importance of brake system truck maintenance.

Be sure that your commercial truck maintenance is taken care of because tons of CVSA inspections will be taking place across the country.

If you’re not sure what’s included in truck maintenance for CVSA Brake Safety Week, we’ve put together a complete guide for CVSA 2019.

CVSA 2019

Truck Driver Regulations

Brake violations are responsible for around half of all out-of-service violations.

CVSA Brake Safety Week is an opportunity to enforce regulations and highlight the importance of a properly functioning vehicle braking system.

This year’s CVSA inspection focuses on brake hoses and tubing. One major violation that the CVSA has found is chafed hoses, worn through the reinforcement fabric of the hoses or into the white color of thermoplastic hose.

Commercial Truck Maintenance

Besides performing routine truck maintenance on your vehicle, the best way to prepare for CVSA 2019 truck inspections is to make sure that your company, or you if you’re an owner-operator or fleet manager, has checked all brakes for proper adjustment.

If they’re out of adjustment, get them serviced. Self-adjusting brakes should not be manually adjusted. This indicates that something else is wrong.
Truck drivers must keep up with commercial truck maintenance to prepare for CVSA inspections.Conduct your pre-trip inspections thoroughly and look/listen for chafed hoses and air leaks.

During a CVSA inspection, you can expect the inspector to check your credentials, crawl under the truck to measure pushrod stroke on drum brakes, check brakes, and potentially look at tires, lights, and other required equipment.


If no critical item violations are found, the inspector will place a CVSA inspection decal on the vehicle.

Staying on Top

CVSA inspections are nothing new for the trucking industry.

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On top of that, use TruckLogics to schedule maintenance routinely, so you’ll never fall behind or feel blindsided by a CVSA inspection.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Everything You Need to Best Prepare for CVSA Inspections

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Truck driver prepares for CVSA Inspection Brake Safety Week.
Almost 4 million commercial motor vehicle inspections occur across North America each year.

As a truck driver, it’s important to stay prepared for CVSA inspections in order to remain in operation and maintain safety.

The CVSA, or Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, creates inspection procedures and criteria to ensure truck driver safety on the road.

There are various levels of CVSA inspections, but one of the biggest on the CVSA schedule is brake safety week.

This year, CVSA brake safety week will occur September 15-21, 2019.


Brake maintenance ensures truck driver safety and the safety of others on the road. Let’s go over some trucking regulations for brake safety week and other CVSA inspections.

CVSA

Brake Safety Week

Brake Safety Week focuses on truck driver safety regulations regarding brake maintenance. This year, inspectors will pay special attention to brake hoses/tubing.

Here is a CVSA inspection you can do yourself in preparation for brake safety week:

1. Gather Tools

You’ll need blocks, chalk, a small ruler, brake linings, and a brake application device.

2. Prepare Truck

Park on level road and place blocks behind your wheels. Check that air pressure is 90-100 psi and release parking brakes. Listen for air leaks.

3. Inspect For...

Rubbing/worn air hoses, air drum brake pad above ¼”, air disk brake above ⅛”, cracked pads/linings, excessive camshaft movement, and external brake drum cracks.

4. Measure Push-Rod Travel Stroke

Make chalk mark on each push-rod at rear of brake chamber and apply full brake application. Measure from chalk mark to rear of brake chamber and check results with the standards below:


Brake Chamber Type & Size
Location
Max Travel Limit Allowed
Short stroke 20 or 24 (round air port)
Steer axles
1.75 inches
Short stroke 30
Truck drives & Trailer axles
2 inches
Long stroke 20 or 24
Steer axles
2 inches
Long stroke 30 (square air port)
Truck drives & Trailer axles
2.5 inches

CVSA Schedule

It is important to note that CVSA inspections are not always announced. For instance, an unannounced brake safety inspection swept the country earlier this year on May 15, 2019.

Be sure to constantly inspect your truck and get routine maintenance done.

Regardless of whether or not there’s an upcoming inspection planned, truck driver safety and the safety of those around you on the road is critical.

You can find CVSA scheduled inspections on their website, but be prepared for unexpected inspections as well.

A CVSA inspection called Safe Driver Week happens in the summer and focuses on unsafe driver behaviors like speeding, distracted driving, following too closely, and improper lane change.

Remember, truck driver regulations can change, so check CVSA to stay updated.

Truck driver pulled over during brake safety week.

Stay Compliant

Staying compliant with CVSA trucking regulations is necessary for truck driver safety and truck operation. Trucks not in compliance with CVSA trucking regulations will be taken off the road until fixed.

Don’t waste time or risk your own personal safety. Prepare for brake safety week and stay up to date with the CVSA schedule.

Also, be aware of another huge upcoming deadline

September 3rd is the last day to file IRS Form 2290 without penalty!

You must file Form 2290 to avoid fees and receive your stamped Schedule 1, which is required for operation. Take as little as 10 minutes and file today with ExpressTruckTax.









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