Want to spot brake defects? ‘Bend at the waist’
Brakes are a focus of roadside enforcement officers every day of the year, but the focus will intensify later this month during Brake Safety Week. Scheduled for Sept. 16-22, the week coordinated by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) combines education initiatives and inspections alike, depending on the jurisdiction. It has traditionally allowed enforcement teams to shine a light on a variety of systems and issues.
Stop and Think: Strategies to avoid brake violations
Despite steady enforcement initiatives such as Brake Safety Day, a part of the CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program, brake-related defects continue to be a leading cause of out-of-service violations. But fleet maintenance departments have a direct impact on a fleet’s violation rate, since routine maintenance can prevent many of the defects found at roadside.
Clear the Air: Don’t be sidelined by a failing air compressor
TORONTO, Ont. -- Admit it. A truck’s air system probably isn't your most pressing maintenance concern. The systems are pretty reliable, and beyond changing the air-dryer desiccant cartridge every couple of years, you probably don't give the rest of the system any more attention than it absolutely needs. While its primary function is supplying air for the brake system -- an important task in its own right -- other components on the truck need air, too. Automated transmissions, for example, and certain emissions system components.