Brake Safety Week occurs annually. It’s an opportunity for regulators and law enforcement organizations to remind commercial vehicle operators of how important their brake systems are. Brake Safety Week, which is going on from August 22-28, vehicle inspections are emphasized. This isn’t just a good reminder for drivers. It’s also an opportunity for authorities to remove defective trucks from the road.
Why focus on brakes?
Brake systems are one of the most important safety features on any vehicle. But they’re not very interesting compared to newer driver assist technology. They don’t get as much attention as engines and transmissions. It’s easy to take brakes for granted and even forget about regular brake maintenance. When it comes to large commercial vehicles, brake violations are one of the main reasons can trucks receive violations and are forced out of service.
Brake problems are also implicated in many fatal motor vehicle accidents. They are one of the top three vehicle-related problems in fatal commercial and passenger collisions. Last year, during Brake Safety Week, 12% of the trucks inspected were taken out of service due to brake violations. That amounted to thousands of commercial vehicles.
Why Brake Safety Week?
Brake Safety Week isn’t designed to violate truckers for no reason. It’s not to help enforcement officials meet a quota. The goal is to help keep the roads safer for everyone. That’s why it’s announced and publicized so heavily. Inspectors want to see safer trucks on the road, operating in the best possible shape.
Truck accidents, including fatal ones, have been on the rise in recent years. Maintaining brake systems, limiting distractions, and not driving while drowsy are some of the most important steps drivers can take to avoid motor vehicle accidents. Brake Safety Week is an opportunity to remind everyone to control what they can control and reduce risk factors.