Safety violations can have long-term ramifications on both your CDL and your trucking insurance. Pre-inspections before each trip can help you catch lost reflector tape, broken lights, and worn tires before inspectors do. It can also help you monitor changes in your braking systems, which is the key area of focus for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Airbrake Program. On September 7, 2017, the operation will have law enforcement agencies inspecting the braking system of large and commercial vehicles both in Nebraska and across the continent.
This day, called Brake Safety Day by the alliance, has been created to help inform drivers about brake maintenance and to remove dangerous vehicles from the roads. While some districts have expanded the day’s inspections to include the use of performance-based brake testing equipment, all inspectors will be conducting the North American Stand Level I Inspection. This means law enforcement agents will be checking for worn pads and parts, ABS malfunctions, and low fluid levels as well as other common problems.
Properly maintained brakes are crucial not only for remaining in compliance with state and federal regulations, but for saving lives. Worn brakes or damaged equipment can increase brake time and decrease a driver’s ability to respond to collisions or dangerous conditions. Failure to maintain your braking systems can also result in higher insurance premiums since a record of unsafe driving or improper equipment maintenance makes you riskier to insure.
If you keep your vehicle in good condition and are prepared for Brake Safety Day, make sure you’re getting the insurance rates you deserve. Go to J.E.B. Insurance Services, LLC. to get started. We provide commercial truck insurance in Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska.