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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.

Stay on top of truck maintenance with TruckLogics.

TruckLogics is a cloud-based trucking management software for owner-operators, leased operators, and fleet owners & managers.

There are tons of features for managing dispatches, generating & sending invoices, creating profit & loss reports, and much more.

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

This CVSA Brake Safety Week, take charge of more than CVSA 2019 brake safety. Take charge of your commercial truck maintenance, and save time and money in the long run.

Take it for a test drive with TruckLogic’s free 15-day trial.









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Friday, March 24, 2017

The Regular Maintenance Your Truck Needs

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You can’t be a trucker without a truck. Heck, it’s even the most important part of the word. Whether you use a company truck, lease a truck, or own a fleet of trucks, they’re the most important tool necessary for your job. It’s important to keep your truck well maintained to keep it in the best shape possible. This way you’ll get every penny out of your truck and give it a good long life. So, let’s take a look at what needs regular maintenance on your truck the most.

Most Important Things To Regularly Maintain


The first step to keeping your truck in perfect shape is to become one with it. Read the owner’s manual and become familiar with the type of oil your trucks need, how to change the filters, and more. Know every sound your truck makes. This way if something sounds off you’ll be aware of an issue. Be familiar with the way your truck feels so when it starts to pull to one side or it has less power you’ll notice.

Don’t neglect tire care. Tires do a lot for your alignment to prevents damage to your suspension. Rotating your tires is a must in order to make sure that your tires wear evenly. When tires wear evenly they help produce a smoother ride and prevent damage to the suspension. Keep in mind that the tires on the front get worn out the most.

One trusty tool to always have around is a tire gauge so you can make sure that all of your tires are properly inflated to keep them even. Also, distribute the weight of your load evenly so tires on one side of your tractor aren’t holding more weight than the other. Also, don’t push the tread on your tires too long. If they’re worn out replace them! There’s no need to risk having worn out tires that slip, slide, and bust.

Along with getting your tires rotated, get them aligned and balanced. When tires aren’t aligned or balanced they put stress on the suspension and cause your truck to start pulling to the side, which decreases the handling on your truck.

Get in the habit of regularly getting your oil changed, it’s not something that should be pushed for your engine's sake. Refer to your owners manual so you’ll know what type of oil to get for your truck, and go for a high-performance brand. Spending a few extra bucks each oil change will help you get your value's worth out of your truck and more. Don’t forget about your filters so your truck can breathe easy. Oil filters need to be changed about every 15 to 30k miles.

Pay attention to your lights. They should always be working so other vehicles can see you, and you can see them. Plus, turn signals let others know your intentions and getting pulled over for having a light out is annoying.
 
A dim light can tip you off to an electrical problem, so they’re good to catch. Also, to make your life easier keep some extra light bulbs and fuses in your truck so that you can easily change lights without having to bobtail it to an auto shop.

Make sure your brakes are working properly. To be sure that they’re adjusted properly consult a professional. Sometimes automatic adjusters don’t correctly adjust your brakes. It’s also important to check your brake lines to make sure that they aren’t being blocked and are clear of debris. Also, your brake lines also shouldn’t be leaking.

Remember to check your fluid levels. You’ll have a big problem if your coolant gets too low and your radiator overheats! Plus, you need to make sure that your oil, power steering fluid, washer levels, and more are good. Then make sure that no fluids are leaking in your vehicle and that all caps are put on tightly.

Keep That Truck Goin’


It doesn’t take much time to give your truck the maintenance and care that it deserves. By doing so you’ll increase the longevity and quality of your truck’s life. Your truck is the most important business tool that you have, so take good care of it!

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