Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC showed its support for the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Brake Safety Week campaign and inspections, taking place September 8-14, by offering tips on how to keep truck brakes in top condition.
Also known as Operation Air Brake, the weeklong campaign is aimed at reducing the number of highway crashes caused by improperly maintained or faulty braking systems, and employs teams of CVSA-certified inspectors to conduct roadside checks of commercial vehicles and their drivers.
The program targets commercial vehicles in the United States and Canada, and is conducted in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). According to CVSA, more than 32,500 vehicles were checked in 2012 during Operation Air Brake, which covered Brake Safety Week and an unannounced inspection date in May.
“Bendix shares CVSA’s commitment to Brake Safety Week and its goals of improving vehicle maintenance and inspection, which help keep roadways and commercial vehicles safe for everyone,” says Fred Andersky, Bendix director of government and industry affairs. “By emphasizing proper training and upkeep practices, Operation Air Brake provides a valuable reminder of the importance of successful inspections in today’s CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) environment.”
In preparation for Brake Safety Week, Bendix recommends that fleets and drivers familiarize themselves with the CVSA inspection requirements and procedures. Operation Air Brake targets six items for inspection: driver’s license, registration, low air warning device, pushrod travel (adjustment), brake linings/drums, leaks/air loss rate, and tractor protection system.
In addition to emphasizing regularly scheduled preventive maintenance and pre-trip inspections, Bendix stresses the importance of proper replacement components, air system management, and ongoing technician and driver education.