Another Brake Safety Week Comes and Goes
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Another Brake Safety Week Comes and Goes Early September is usually the time for the annual Brake Safety Week across the country. During this week, police and other government agencies step up brake inspections on all sorts of vehiclesʹmost notably 18-wheelers, dump trucks, cement trucks, and other heavy vehicles.

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Published 06 October 2015
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Another Brake Safety Week Comes and Goes Early September is usually the time for the annual Brake Safety Week across the country. During this week, police and other government agencies step up brake inspections on all sorts of vehiclesmost notably 18-wheelers, dump trucks, cement trucks, and other heavy vehicles. The annual blitz is designed to make sure both companies and drivers remain in compliance with vehicle safety regulations.
This year's Brake Safety Week was held September 6-12. With another week behind us, it shouldn't be long before we see the statistics showing which states recorded of the worst compliance.Overdrive Magazinepublished a list of the ten worst states in 2014 as follows: Virginia Missouri Maine California Oregon Idaho Mississippi Montana Utah Texas
Overdrive ranked the states by measuring the number of brake violations compared to the total number issued in that state. Virginia's number one ranking was due to a 33% brake violation rate. The magazine was quick to point out that some states, such as Oregon and Idaho, had a higher number of hours-of-service violations, which reduced the brake violations rate as a percentage. They also noted that Texas had the largest number of total violations in the top 10 list but the lowest brake violation percentage. What It All Means There is no argument against checking compliance with brake safety standards. Brakes are obviously a critical component of every vehicle, regardless of size and purpose. Yet brakes are especially important with trucks because they have to do so much more work. Not having brakes in the best possible condition increases the danger posed by the heavy commercial vehicles. During Brake Safety Week, inspectors are looking for fluid leaks, missing or faulty components, and worn brake pads, drums, rotors, and linings. These are things trucking companies ought to be checking through their own routine inspections. Just in case they're not, police agencies are taking on the responsibility as resources dictate. The question is, do the extra inspections in September amount to much? According to Overdrive, they don't. When comparing statistics year-round against those accumulated during Brake Safety Week, it appears as though inspections are pretty consistent throughout the year. That's not to say inspectors are not working hard enough, but that they are doing a very good job keeping up with inspections 12 months of the year. Trucking companies and owner-operators would do well to make sure the equipment is always in compliance in the knowledge that an inspection could happen at any time. Maintaining Equipment a Priority As one of the largest and most respected trucking companies in America, C.R. England takes our responsibility to equipment compliance seriously. We understand that safe and properly maintained equipment is about more than just avoiding citations from the police; it is about doing our part to protect everyone on the road. We are known throughout the industry for our top-of-the-line equipment meticulously maintained by fully trained and experienced mechanics. We offer our company drivers some of the best equipment in the industry, equipment that is dedicated to each driver individually. With C.R. England, there is no equipment sharing or slip seating. This way a driver always knows exactly what he or she is driving. C.R. England is always looking to add to our staff of committed drivers. We are looking to hire both company drivers and independent contractors, team drivers, and even new drivers who have not yet been licensed. Contact us tolearn more about our CDL training programand what we offer in terms of pay and benefits. Sources: 1.Overdrive Magazine:snoiera-som-rp-talevten01s-ot-p-shwatetbrakere-olate-vi//:ptthrevo.wwwnleoivdrm/coe.in2.C.R. England CDL Training Program:http://www.crengland.com/truck-driving-schools