The CVSA recommends the following tips to keep your truck safe and help you avoid violations:
Inspect your brakes. In 2021, one of the top out-of-service vehicle violations were for brake systems. Insufficient brake maintenance also contributes to commercial truck and bus crashes. Be sure to do the following when examining your brakes:
*Check for missing, non-functioning, loose, contaminated or cracked parts on the brake system.
*Check for audible air leaks around brake components and lines.
*Check brake adjustment and measure pushrod travel.
Wear a seat belt. It sounds simple, but seat belt violations are one of the most common violations. Buckling up will help you avoid unnecessary violations and more importantly, help you stay safe.
Check your lighting. Look at all required lamps for proper color, operation, mounting and visibility.
Pre inspect your vehicle. Check for any load securement issues and make sure your mirrors are clean and adjusted properly.