As Brake Safety Week approaches Sept. 11-17 Bendix is offering upkeep tips for drivers and fleets. In order to have safer vehicles drivers must perform proper maintenance. It also takes proactive training and technical knowledge for drivers. Bendix provides some of that knowledge in their article stating items drivers need to check as well as things that will be inspected on Brake Safety Week inspections.
- Part of CVSA’s Operation Airbrake, Brake Safety Week is an annual outreach and enforcement campaign aimed at improving commercial vehicle brake safety.
- Friction selection, air system care, and upkeep of components affecting brake stroke all contribute to brake performance– which means they have a role to play in preparation for Brake Safety Week.
- When relining brakes on vehicles affected by federal Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) regulations, ask suppliers for evidence of compliance. Not all replacement friction marketed as acceptable under RSD will actually perform to the standard.
“Whether a vehicle uses foundation drum or air disc brakes, it’s important to know when new friction is needed. Check friction regularly for cracks or missing pieces, ensure adequate thickness, and examine drums and rotors for signs of dragging brakes or overheating linings.”