A Word to Our Commercial Trucking Insurance Policy Holders
Snyder Insurance and Financial Services is reminding our commercial trucking insurance policyholders that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be holding Brake Safety Week from Sept. 6-12, 2015.
Brake Safety Week is an annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America. Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operation, and CMV brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions. However, as with all equipment, CMV brakes require inspections and regular maintenance to perform properly over their lifetime.
During the week-long brake safety campaign, which is part of the Operation Airbrake program sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), CMV inspectors will conduct brake system inspections (primarily Level IV Inspections) on trucks and buses throughout North America to identify out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations.
For truckers with commercial trucking insurance, this is a good time to review your policy to make sure you have the best coverage for your particular situation.
Guided by CVSA’s airbrake testing procedure, truckers selected for inspection can expect the following checks:
- Driver License
- Low Air Warning Device
- Pushrod Travel (Adjustment)
- Brake Linings/Drums
- Air Loss Rate (If leak detected)
- Tractor Protection System
“The ultimate goal of Brake Safety Week is to reduce the number of highway crashes caused by faulty braking systems on commercial vehicles,” said CVSA President Capt. William Reese of the Idaho State Police during last year’s Brake Week. “We strive to reach that goal by conducting roadside inspections and educating drivers, mechanics, motor carriers and others on the importance of proper brake inspection, maintenance and operation.”
In 2014, inspectors from participating agencies inspected 13,305 vehicles during Brake Safety Week and placed 2,162 commercial vehicles out of service (OOS) for brake violations. Of the vehicles inspected, the OOS rate for all brake-related violations conducted in North America was 16.2 percent, compared with 13.5 percent for the 2013 event. The OOS rate for brake adjustment rose to 10.4 percent from 9.0 percent in 2013. The OOS rate for brake components was 9.3 percent, up from 7.1 percent in 2013.
A Word to Professional Drivers
Drivers can inspect their brake systems every day. Even if you can’t go under the vehicle, you can listen for air leaks, check low air signals and look for component damage. If you can go under your vehicle, you can measure pushrod stroke the same way a CVSA-certified inspector does, and compare the results to the pushrod stroke limits set by regulation.
For more information about Brake Week 2015, please visit the links below or visit the CVSA’s Brake Week Web Site.
- Operation Airbrake Inspection Procedure
- What You May Not Know About Brake Systems and Inspections
- 2014 Brake Week Results (PDF)
Make Sure Your Commercial Trucking Insurance Covers Your Needs
Call Snyder Insurance if you’re unsure is you’re covered properly. We’re here to help. As an independent insurance agency, we work with a variety of commercial trucking insurance agencies to find you the best rates.