Brake Safety Week – What You Need to Know

According to a study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration nearly a third of large trucks with pre-crash violations had brake problems. To bring awareness to the dangers of faulty brake systems, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) holds an annual inspection event - Brake Safety Week. This year's event is September 16-22.
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During the week CVSA-certified enforcement personnel will conduct roadside inspections throughout North America, with a focus on brake violations. Because safety is our top priority at Red Classic, we want to share a reminder of the brake-related items involved in the inspection.

  • 1. Brake system components. Check for loose or missing parts, which can make braking activity ineffective.
  • 2. Brake system warning devices. Check these systems including low pressure warning devices and antilock braking system lights to ensure they are in working order.
  • 3. Air pressure. Make sure the system’s air pressure can build to the range of 90 to 100 psi within 45 seconds and ensure it can maintain that pressure with the brakes applied.
  • 4. Rotor condition and pushrod measurements. Make sure the rotor is in working condition and that the pushrod travels the appropriate amount.
  • 5. Brake linings, pads and drums. Check these items for cracks and wear and replace them if they are damaged or worn.

Remember that these inspections will be U.S. Department of Transportation Level I inspections and will cover more than just brakes. We recommend reading this CVSA article on Inspection Levels to brush up on your knowledge of everything involved in Level I inspections.

Thank you to everyone on the road who puts safety first, during Brake Safety Week and throughout the year.