Author: Russ Salo

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) held its annual Brake Safety Day on September 7th, and the results might stop you dead in your tracks. Brake Safety Day is part of the CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program in partnership with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrators (FMCSA). Since the program began in 1998, it has inspected more than 3.4 million brakes.

With a total of 7,698 vehicle inspections performed between the United States and Canada during the 2017 edition of the annual enforcement blitz, 78% of the vehicles inspected did not have violations that would’ve placed the vehicles out of service. There were, however, 1,064 inspections conducted that resulted in an out of service violation for brake-related violations.

The goal of the annual Brake Safety Day is to reduce the number of crashes caused by faulty braking systems. The roadside inspections allow officials to not only perform important inspections, but to also educate drivers, mechanics, owner-operators, and others on the importance of proper brake inspection and regular maintenance.

The enforcement blitz also allows an opportunity for officials to get valuable data on how well antilock braking systems (ABS) are maintained in accordance with federal regulations. The Brake Safety Day found many ABS-related violations including:

  • 5,456 air-braked power units requiring ABS
  • 749 trailers requiring ABS
  • 821 hydraulic-braked trucks requiring ABS
  • 49 buses requiring ABS

Properly functioning braking systems are a crucial part of safe commercial motor vehicle operation and would mean the difference between life or death as poorly maintained or improperly installed brake systems can reduce braking efficiency and increase stopping distances required of large vehicles. This not only poses a serious safety risk to drivers, but to the public as well.

Don’t wait for roadside checks, or an accident, to know whether or not your braking system is working properly. Be proactive and stay on top of regular maintenance for your fleet vehicles. Our GPS tracking device includes scheduled maintenance reminders as well as alerts for any engine issues, letting you get the full picture of your vehicle’s status so you can stay ahead of violations or breakdowns and keep your fleet on the road.

Commercial vehicle accidents can be costly. Not just in the financial sense with factors including property damage, medical bills, lost cargo and time cost averages well into the billions of dollars each year, but also in terms of life. Far too many commercial vehicle accidents and fatalities occur as a result of driver negligence, which we believe our GPS tracking device and software can help prevent.

Statistics published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in the United States each year show an alarming problem of truck driver negligence as the main culprit in commercial truck accidents, putting the drivers and those around them at risk. The most common causes of driver negligence include drivers abusing prescription and over-the-counter drugs, travelling too fast for road conditions, and driver fatigue. Although any vehicle accident is never good, an even more serious situation is created when a commercial truck is involved as their vehicles and cargo carry more deadly force as compared to an average passenger vehicle.

With truck drivers being under pressure to deliver their cargo on time, it becomes tempting for them to drive more carelessly or spend too many hours on the road to make up for lost time. These reckless actions can result in accidents caused by driver error as well as employer negligence if an employer has failed to enforce necessary restrictions.

That’s where GPS to GO believes we can help. The Geotab GPS tracking device we proudly stand behind can track vehicle speed, hours of service, routes taken and mechanical issues. Having the device installed in your fleet vehicle will not only improve your fuel consumption, maintenance costs and fleet efficiency, but will also train your drivers to become safer on the roads which is a good thing for everyone.

It shouldn’t take a change in legislation, a serious accident or the loss of life to get a business thinking about how they can improve their driver safety. You have the power to change the statistics for the better and potentially even save lives. Contact GPS to GO today to find out how easy it can be to increase the safety of your vehicles on the road.

GPS to GO is happy to share the news that our Geotab ELD (Electronic Logging Device) is now a registered ELD with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in the United States. This news is great for those in the U.S., or companies who cross into the U.S., who haven’t yet chosen a device for their fleet in order to be compliant with the changes to regulation by the FMCSA requiring hours of service to be logged electronically.

Although some see this change to electronic logging as a burden, this change in fleet tracking will enable companies to:

  • Cut down on paperwork
  • Reduce administration costs
  • Minimize FMCSA violations and any related penalties or fines
  • Improve driver safety and efficiency
  • Deliver real-time access to data-rich information
  • Show up-to-date logbook information to law enforcement or the Department of Transportation
  • Improve CSA (compliance, safety and accountability) safety ratings

If you’re interested in your company experiencing the benefits of electronic tracking using the Geotab GPS tracking device, the only end-to-end fleet tracking system, contact us for a quote or trial offer!