The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Roadcheck is an annual 72-hour event in which inspectors across North America conduct an increased amount of inspections on commercial vehicles to “conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives.”
This year's roadcheck will focus on proper cargo securement. Last
year’s focus was on tire safety, along with the traditional Level I
During 2016’s inspection spree, inspectors placed 21.5 percent of trucks
inspected out of service, along with 3.4 percent of drivers, or 9,080 trucks
and 1,436 drivers. A total of 62,796 inspections were performed
during the event, according to CVSA, and 42,236 of them were Level I
inspections, the most comprehensive. Brakes and hours were the top
out-of-service violations in 2016.
To prepare for this year's inspection blitz, here are some tips on ensuring your cargo is properly secured.
Begin developing your load securement plan before performing your 360-degree, 4D walk around. While doing your walk around, double check for the following items:
Poor weight distribution
Excessive gaps in material
Rocks and foreign objects on the trailer
- Other hazards
After beginning your route, stop to inspect the cargo and its securing devices within the first 50 miles of your trip. Inspect the cargo again after you have driven for three hours or 150 miles and during every break you take. Make any needed adjustments and stop to check securing devices as often as necessary.
At Ruan, safety is our top priority in all that we do—not just for our team members, but also for all of the motoring public. Check out Ruan’s commitment to promoting safe driving to all!