4 Tips For Understanding CDL Violations

If you hold a CDL, chances are you need it to provide for your family. Naturally, you want to make sure you abide by the rules. Here is some information about understanding CDL violations:

Certain serious traffic violations can have deleterious effects on your CDL.

You should be supremely aware of disqualifying offenses that are serious traffic violations. These violations would include such things as a citation that results in serious injury or death, speeding 15 miles per hour or higher than the posted limit, careless driving, eluding an officer, or leaving the scene of an accident caused by a CDL holder. Naturally, a DUI in any type of vehicle is a big no-no.

Be aware of lighting, brakes or tires violations. 

First of all, lighting is one of those things that will just scream, “inspect me!” if one of them is broken. Indeed, 28% of roadside vehicle violations last year were due to broken lights or missing reflectors. In fact, light violations are so serious that they can mean a docking of seven points in the CSA (compliance, safety and accountability) handbook. The solution? Drivers should inspect and fix any lighting problems themselves! Carrying your own fuses on a trip can be a godsend. Braking inspections are also important and they accounted for 1/4 of all tractor-trailer violations each year. They will make a driver lose four points in the CSA. Drivers must be trained to find a brake adjustment problem, which is usually located in the stroke system of the break. Whatever you do, realize that working with an automatic adjuster will usually simply make the brake problem worse! Finally, bad tires might be one of the worst in fractions possible. If you have bad tires you can easily incur a whopping 8 point CSA violation. Steering tires will need to have 4/32 depth to be roadworthy and back tires will need 2/32 depth to stay on the road. In fact, drivers can never get enough training when it comes to tires. At the very least, they should know how to check their tire inflation with a gauge!

Drivers should stay aware of their logs.

The “Form and Manner” and “Log not current” makes up a fourth of all roadside inspection violations. This is frustrating because it can be corrected easily. Simply put, drivers must be diligent about keeping their log current at every stop!

Drivers must have a current medical card.

Tell you to have a valid medical certificate that counts were 1/8th of all driver violations. As a driver, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have a valid driver’s medical card that has been turned into the state.

Keep all of these things in mind and you will have no problem avoiding any type of CSA violation!

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