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Get Ready, Drivers. Roadcheck 2015 Starts Tuesday
Posted by Dean Jutilla at 12:21 PM, Friday, May 29, 2015

Heads-up! Roadcheck 2015 is upon us…almost.

g-truck-inspectionAccording to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and other government agencies, the International Roadcheck is scheduled for June 2 – 4, that’s next Tuesday through Thursday.

The annual blitz will take nearly 10,000 inspectors from local, state and federal enforcement agencies and will preform an estimated 70,000 inspections on trucks and buses in a 72-hour period.

These inspectors will be stationed at 1,500 inspection points around the country checking 17 vehicles, on average, each minute across the U.S. In its 23-year history, more than 1.4 million inspections during Roadcheck have saved 318 lives and resulted in nearly 6,000 injuries avoided, the CVSA added.

Following in last year’s footsteps
The International Roadcheck last year also took place in early June, so drivers should be prepared for a similar inspection in the coming weeks. Likely unfamiliar to most drivers these days, inspectors will be primarily conducting the North American Standard Level 1 inspection, a 37-step process that examines both the driver and the vehicle. Drivers will have to provide the following items:

  • Official license
  • Endorsements
  • Hours-of-service documentation
  • Medical card

roadcheck-bannerDrivers will also be checked for seatbelt and alcohol usage, industry website Trucking info reported.

As far as the trucks go, each vehicle will undergo a thorough inspection of:

  • Braking system
  • Exhaust system
  • Fuel
  • Frame system
  • Coupling devices
  • Lights
  • Safe loading
  • Steering mechanism
  • Drive line
  • Suspension
  • Wheels and rims
  • Trailer body
  • Tires
  • Windshield wipers

The CVSA is emphasizing cargo securement this year at each Roadcheck inspection as a safety reminder for drivers to go the extra mile to store their freight securely.

Improving the numbers
In 2014, more than 72,000 drivers were inspected. As a result of last year’s examinations, nearly 19 percent of vehicles were put out of service and close to 5 percent of drivers were taken off the road, Overdrive Magazine reported. Drivers will need to remain cognizant of federal regulations and play if safe while on the road in the coming months.

The CVSA provided a handful of safety tips for drivers to heed:

  • Wear your seatbelt
  • Maintain a safe following distance on the road
  • Pre-inspect the condition of your vehicle
  • Only make safe and necessary lane changes
  • Minimize in-truck distractions
  • Don’t drive under the influence
  • Make sure to get enough rest the night before

Drivers should also have a general idea as to how each component of their vehicle listed above is functioning. A current health diagnosis on the truck’s parts and trailer will go a long way before the upcoming inspection.

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