Transportation executives and fleet managers have a variety of concerns when it comes to daily business operations. Many are concerned about cutting costs while encouraging and enhancing safety, and thus making use of asset maintenance software. Safety and abiding by maintenance software suggestions are key concerns, especially with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) putting a new focus on behind-the-wheel collision particularly, but not exclusively, this week.
Safety initiatives aim to educate transportation professionals
September 8-14 has been declared Brake Safety Week by the CVSA, an annual event that encourages management teams and drivers to ensure their vehicles are operating as they should and that brakes are in optimal condition.
"Every driver behind the wheel of a vehicle, whether it is a commercial truck, bus or private car, must keep their focus on safety at all times," said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. "Brake Safety Week provides a crucial reminder for commercial vehicle operators to ensure their brake systems are well-maintained and effective year-round. It is also an opportunity to remind everyone to share the road safely: Buckle up, give large trucks and buses plenty of space to maneuver and avoid distracted driving."
This year's campaign calls for inspections from almost every CVSA member jurisdiction and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These inspections consist of brake specific Level IV special study checks, according to the CVSA, but some drivers will also notice Level I inspections over the course of the initiative.
Brake Safety Week isn't the only point throughout the year during which fleet managers and transportation executives are concerned about whether their vehicles are functioning safely on the road. By asking drivers to slow down while they're on the highway and implementing policies that mandate a maximum speed, drivers will not only be at a lower risk of accidents, but also conserve fuel when behind the wheel. Companies that notice fuel spend dropping as they create these policies may also look to route optimization software, which reduces the total number of miles driven on a given route and improves safety by assuring drivers are on roads that can accommodate larger vehicles.