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Why you need regular truck brake inspections

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Brake Safety Week is scheduled to take place between August 20 and 26. This is a yearly event in Florida and all across the U.S. The point of this event is to shine a light on truck brake safety awareness. The theme of this year’s event will be brake linings and pads. Enhancing their safety and general usage is the stated goal.

What will happen during this event?

The primary reason to get your brakes inspected is to do your part to prevent truck accidents. If you aren’t reminded in time to do it yourself, don’t worry. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is making it a mission to bring this matter to your attention.

The CVSA will partner with law enforcement authorities to inspect truck braking systems across the state. Commercial trucks found guilty of brake-related out-of-service violations will be taken off the road. The ban on their usage will remain in force until these violations are corrected.

This does not mean that safety inspectors will neglect their usual duties. These will remain in full force throughout Florida and the rest of the country. However, during this week, special emphasis will be placed on reporting brake inspection and safety violations to the CVSA.

What are the main goals of the inspection?

Accidents involving big rigs can happen at any time of the day or night. This is why the CVSA is making it a priority to check for any hazards that can lead to a potential safety issue. Especially crucial will be a search for any parts that are cracked, broken, not functioning correctly, or missing altogether.

Your brake pads are sure to come under scrutiny. You must ensure they can pass a spot inspection by the CVSA. The agency will be on the lookout for linings or pads that are worn, cracked, or contaminated. If your breaks are in poor condition, it’s time to get them replaced.