Brake Safety Week is Set for Aug. 23-29
Enforcement officials will inspect commercial motor vehicles throughout the week and vehicles found to have critical out-of-service brake violations will be restricted from traveling until those violations are corrected.
Checking brake system components is always part of the roadside inspection process; however, inspectors will be paying special attention to brake hoses/tubing during this year’s Brake Safety Week to highlight the importance of those components to vehicle mechanical fitness, and safety.
We encourage everyone to inspect all brakes, brake lining condition, and brake adjustment during pre-trip inspections. Check for air leaks while depressing, and holding the foot valve. Also check to make sure your low air warning device works. Law requires at least one warning device (Either low air light or buzzer).
During your walk around inspection, Check for leaking wheel seals, axle gaskets, and axle caps. This is also a good time to look for loose or missing lug nuts and/or cracked wheels.
Along with wheels or loose lug nuts, check tires for visual defects and by tire thumping. Seek out the shop for help if you need it.