Fleet Advantage announced it will be offering complimentary Fleet Audits in conjunction with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week, this week, August 20 – 26. To schedule a complimentary Fleet Audit please email [email protected] or click here.
Brake Safety Week is an annual commercial motor vehicle brake-safety inspection, enforcement, and education initiative conducted by law enforcement jurisdictions in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. Throughout the week, inspectors focus on conducting their North American Standard Level I and V Inspections to identify any out-of-adjustment brakes and violations to then capture and report this brake-related data to CVSA, with the results to be released in the fall.
Brake-related violations represent the largest percentage of out-of-service vehicle violations during roadside inspections. According to last year’s three-day International Roadcheck, brake system issues resulted in the largest percentage of violations, accounting for 25.2% in the U.S., Canada and Mexico combined of all vehicle out-of-service violations.
Preparing for the inspection, drivers should conduct thorough pre-and post-trip inspections, paying attention to all visible portions of brake pads and linings. Additionally, maintenance personnel should inspect for missing linings, check drum clearance, and be vigilant for signs of rust jacking, cracks, and voids in the lining. Additional safety tips all fleets and personnel should be aware of can be found in Fleet Advantage’s latest blog, authored by Matthew Wiedmeyer, CTP.
The value of Fleet Advantage Fleet Services Group AKA ‘Boots On the Ground’
Transportation fleets today are increasingly leveraging value-added solutions from Fleet Advantage including Fleet Services, who offer solutions to company-specific and industry-wide issues affecting fleet’s operations. Dedicated fleet services technicians are thoroughly familiar with each client’s specifications, fleet portfolio, and operational strategies. The Fleet Services team monitors and help clients correct various fleet performance issues throughout the extended life cycle of each vehicle in the fleet.
The Fleet Services professionals are dispatched for on-site shop inspections and remedies, and they diligently monitor and evaluate OBC data and various fuel and maintenance and repair (M&R) metrics. Clients are automatically alerted if adverse performance issues are detected, and best practices are provided to mitigate any issues.
“Addressing out-of-adjustment brakes and brake system violations is crucial for all fleets, in addition to many other safety components, said Brian Antonellis, CTP, Senior Vice President of Fleet Operations, for Fleet Advantage. “Today’s transportation needs require fleets to find asset management partners that can provide value-added services including Fleet Services with boots on the ground to mitigate critical safety and overall maintenance issues. By ensuring proper installation, inspection, and maintenance of brake systems and fuel costs, fleets can enhance safety and contribute to reducing the number of highway crashes.”