Preparing for Brake Safety Week

September 16, 2019

Did you know that a fully-loaded tractor-trailer traveling down the highway at 65 mph under ideal weather conditions and with excellent brakes, requires approximately 525 feet (almost two football fields) to come to a complete stop? This is nearly double the length a passenger vehicle requires under the same conditions. Without a doubt, brakes are one of the most important safety features on any vehicle, but especially on a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). Improperly-maintained brakes can not only result in hefty fines and costly downtime for fleets but can also cause catastrophic vehicle crashes.

The risks associated with faulty brake systems is one of the reasons why the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) began holding its annual Brake Safety Week, which will be held September 15-21 this year.

During this week, CVSA-certified enforcement personnel will conduct roadside inspections on CMVs in order to identify critical brake violations and to call attention to the dangers of faulty brake systems. This year, they will be paying special attention to brake hoses/tubing. According to the organization, CVSA is highlighting brake hoses/tubing as a reminder of their importance to vehicle mechanical fitness and safety.

The CVSA’s goal of Brake Safety Week is to reduce the number of crashes caused by poorly maintained braking systems on CMVs. Vehicles that are found with critical brake violations, or other critical inspection violations, will be placed out of service until these violations are corrected.

Beyond the risks of costly fines and downtime, remember that faulty brake systems can pose severe threats to the safety of CMV drivers and those on the road with them. Prepare for Brake Safety Week – and every week – by downloading this helpful Brake Inspection Checklist and learn more about Great Dane’s AdvantEDGE program and how it can help keep your fleet running safely and efficiently.