Brake Safety Week made big waves this past September as the CVSA cracked down on inspections, resulting in an increase in out-of-service orders. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance found that 13.2% of inspections resulted in out-of-service orders from brake issues. This is almost a one percent increase from last year’s 12.3% results. Focused on decreasing the amount of accidents caused by faulty brakes, the CVSA has implemented stricter inspection regulations to decrease issues.
What are Out-Of-Service Orders?
This means that if a truck is inspected and deemed too dangerous to drive, the driver and truck will be given an out-of-service order, essentially retiring the rig for the time being. The driver and vehicle must be removed from the roadway until the violation is corrected.
Driving with brake issues can be dangerous for the driver and any other vehicle on the roadway. If you’re racking up hundreds of miles each week, it’s important to keep an eye on not just your brakes, but your entire rig. Like any durable vehicle, it will need a little TLC every now and then. Staying vigilant and consistent with your rig tune-ups will greatly decrease the chances of an out-of-service order.
Brake maintenance can be costly if not taken care of immediately, with some issues costing well over $1,000. Not only that, the more time spent with an out-of-service order, the less money you’ll be making. Ironically, faulty brakes can bring your trucking journey to a screeching halt. The most common inspections will cover hydraulic braking systems, anti-lock systems, as well air brakes.
Keeping your brakes up to par just takes a watchful eye and a well-trained ear. You should be aware when your rig is having trouble stopping or if the brakes are locking up. Below are just a few signs that your brakes might need some attention.
- Rust streaks
- Lose bolts or other components
- Oil Stains
- Missing Seals
- Worn brake pads
- Cracked rotor
- Air leaks
- Hydraulic leaks
As you continue on your trucking journey, remember that safety is the most important aspect of trucking. Maintaining your truck will keep you and those driving around you out of danger. The CVSA will continue to implement inspection, so make sure to keep your rig rollin’ to avoid those costly out-of-service orders.