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Iowa DOT shows how NOT to fix your trailer brakes ahead of CVSA Brake Safety Week


With the nation’s biggest brake safety enforcement effort just weeks away, law enforcement in Iowa took to social media to highlight a major brake violation.

On Tuesday, August 9, Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement shared a post asking drivers not to use vice grips as a trailer brake fix.

From Iowa DOT:

Just so we are on the same page here – vise grips, while being a fantastic invention and useful in many applications, are not supposed to be clamping off air to your trailer brakes (or any other brakes). It is worth noting that not a single brake worked on this trailer. We are all happier and safer when you weigh 70,000lbs and your trailer brakes actually work.

This is also a great time to remind everyone that Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week is quickly approaching and runs from August 21-27th. If your brakes need serviced, now is the time to get it done!

Thank you to all those companies, drivers, and mechanics out there that maintain your equipment in a professional manner!

You can find out more about CVSA Brake Safety Week here.


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