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CVSA’s Brake Safety Week: August 21-27, 2022

During Brake Safety Week, commercial motor vehicle inspectors focus on the importance of brake systems by conducting inspections and removing commercial motor vehicles found to have brake-related out-of-service violations from our roadways.

 

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently scheduled this year’s Brake Safety Week for Aug. 21-27, 2022. This annual event emphasizes the importance of ensuring sufficient brake systems in commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Specifically, the event highlights the role that brake maintenance and efficiency plays in reducing brake-related CMV accidents on the road.

The focus of this year’s event is brake hoses and tubing. During this weeklong initiative, certified vehicle inspectors review CMVs using the CVSA’s North American out-of-service criteria and remove any CMVs with brake-related violations from the roadways. Conducting these inspections, identifying brake-related violations and placing unsafe CMVs out of service is important for the following reasons:

  • Brake-related violations are common. During an unannounced, one-day inspection and enforcement initiative in April 2022, 46 jurisdictions in Canada and the United States removed 1,290 CMVs with brake-related critical vehicle inspection item violations from North American roadways. This number represented 14.1% of the 9,132 CMVs inspected that day.
  • Brake-related violations are on the rise. More than one-third (38.9%) of all CMV out-of-service conditions stemmed from brake system and adjustment violations during the CVSA’s International Roadcheck inspection and enforcement initiative in 2021, representing a slight increase from the previous year’s findings.
  • Brake-related failures can be fatal. The third-most cited vehicle-related factor among fatal CMV and passenger vehicle crashes was brake system failures, according to a recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) report.

 

Cooper Freight is always diligent in working with our team to ensure our motor vehicles (especially our brake systems) are in safe working condition on the roadways! Here are some tips to ensure the brake systems are safe.

At the end of Brake Safety Week, inspectors will combine the data they collected and submit the results to the CVSA. The CVSA will then report its findings later in the year. Cooper Freight is proud to offer its drivers and the community at large commercial fleet resources.

 

Join our team! Now Hiring OTR Truck Drivers.

We are accepting applications for OTR, Team, and Local Company Drivers. Click here to learn more about our driver benefits, pay, and company culture.

For more information on our hiring process and qualifications, please call the Recruitment Office at (901) 215-9100 Or email to drive4us@cooperfreight.com

 

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Skin Safety Tips for OTR Drivers

At Cooper Freight Service, we take safety seriously which includes everything from getting a good night’s rest to conducting a thorough pre-trip inspection before hitting the road. Our OTR Drivers also take steps to protect their skin before driving.

You may not think it, but as an OTR Truck Driver, you may be exposed to harmful sun rays, especially while sitting in a truck cab for many hours every day. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UV (ultraviolet) rays can damage skin in as little as 15 minutes.

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Cooper Freight Employees Celebrate National Great Outdoors Month

 

June is Great Outdoors Month, a month-long celebration of the outdoors encouraging everyone to embrace the outdoor spirit of America and head outside into the natural world.

During Great Outdoors Month, we celebrate our Nation’s vast array of parks, wildlife refuges, forests, monuments, marine sanctuaries, waters, national conservation lands, and other natural treasures. Every day, Americans across the country draw inspiration and pride from the beauty of our magnificent outdoor spaces. From lush forests in Washington State and coral reefs in the Virgin Islands to snow-capped mountains in Alaska and rolling hills in Vermont—the grandeur of the American landscape fills our souls and fuels our spirit of adventure. These iconic and stunning natural wonders have always been central to our heritage as a people and essential to our identity as a Nation.

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3 Ways OTR Truck Drivers Can Boost Their Mental Health

While 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness annually, a recent study by Deloitte revealed that less than half receive treatment. A study from the Mental Health in the Workplace Summit also found that mental illness is the leading cause of disability for U.S. adults aged 15 to 44 and that more workdays are lost to mental health-related absenteeism than any other injury or illness. Being an OTR Truck Driver increases your chance of behavioral health implications due to the solo-traveling nature of the career. That’s why Cooper Freight has many programs and resources in place to help their OTR Drivers keep a positive mindset both on the road and at home.

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Winter Driving Tips for Commercial Truck Drivers

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Driving is a challenging task. Whether you are an experienced driver or an amateur, driving on snowy roads can be very dangerous and difficult for truck drivers. Since a truck is a big vehicle that requires certain strength to control, the job of driving on slippery roads in the winter goes beyond a challenging task for truck drivers—it is a dangerous mission.

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