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Bendix says stay safe and check your brakes

Bendix recommends truckies conduct regular checks on their brakes to ensure maximum safety on the road and health of their vehicles.

Bendix is reminding truck drivers of the importance of regular brake inspections to the health and safety of your vehicle.

Truck drivers are often travelling on roads not designed for larger vehicles, and are juggling the stress of heavy traffic and tight delivery schedules.

Given the carrying capacity of trucks, especially in the heavier weight classes, their braking systems are critical. Many of these trucks will be operating at near full GVM which could be 20t for smaller rigs, through to well over 60t GCM in the case of B-Doubles.

Due to the hefty weights, trucks and heavy vehicles alike take longer times to stop and brake safely.

Considering the unavoidable actions of other motorists, like cutting and being unaware of spacing, trucks can often be subject to dangerous braking situations.

Data from Transport NSW indicates that a B-double travelling at just 40 kph can take up to 44 metres to stop; if travelling at 60 kph, that same truck would need approximately 90 metres to come to a standstill.

In comparison, a car travelling at 40 kph needs around 27 metres to stop, or if travelling at 60 kph, around 56 metres is needed.

Because of these operating conditions, it’s vital that the braking systems of heavy vehicles are regularly inspected.

Drivers should also be aware of the symptoms of poorly performing brakes, this may include: pulling left or right when applying the brakes, vibrations including through the pedal, hard or low pedal feel, unusual noises on application or an illuminated brake warning light.

Bendix recommends truckies regularly:

  • Ensure brake fluid levels are correct and changed at OEM-specified intervals
  • Inspect brake pads, rotors and calipers for wear or damage
  • Check brake shoes and drums for wear, damage and adjustment
  • Check brake lines and air hoses to ensure there are no kinks, perished rubbers or other damage
  • Ensure that brake components are properly lubricated to prevent corrosion and to provide free operation
  • Clean brake components to remove corrosion and debris build-up as required
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