CVSA Roadcheck Inspection Blitz Blues? Handy Hints From Your Friends At AvatarFleet
Did you know that 80% of your CSA headaches could be eliminated by correctly executing basic duties, such as a thorough, well-executed pre-trip inspection, and an earnest effort to be vigilant about keeping your logs accurate?
With the annual CVSA Roadcheck inspection blitz upon us (June 3-5), I thought I’d share some straightforward information that can help you, during inspection week, and long after. Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world, with approximately 14 trucks or buses being inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico during a 72-hour period in early June. Each year, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors at 1,500 locations across North America perform the truck and bus inspections.
Here are a few aspects to pay particular attention to in your pre-trip inspections and on the road that will help keep your wheels rolling and get you and your cargo where you need to be:
o Following too closely (remember to keep a five second following distance at all times – and increase that distance by one second for every detrimental environmental issue, such as snow, ice or fog).
o Improper lane change (changing a lane is a voluntary act, and you’d better have a legitimate safety reason to do so).
o Speeding (now listen: drive more five miles per hour over the speed limit and you’re just asking for trouble!!)
Comprehensive, outcome-based training upon entering the ranks of Professional Driver, along with regular continued education and training, should set norms for driver performance that can eliminate all of these violations. Creating a culture of safety through professional defensive driving is the desired standard for all carriers, and it is our goal here at AvatarFleet. We exist to make the world a safer place – it’s the reason we come to work every day.
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