Top Driver CSA Violations and How to Reduce Them
According to the American Transportation Research Institute, CSA violations come in at number six on the list of top 10 concerns in the trucking industry. It’s understandable that this is a top concern, when you consider that in 2021 there were 918,372 violations during driver inspections.
These violations are easily avoidable with consistent driver training. Let’s look at the top violations and what you can do to avoid them in your company.
Violation #1: Speeding
12.81% of the violations in 2021 were speeding related, bringing this issue in as the number one CSA violation. It’s important for drivers to pay attention to their speed.
Maintaining proper speeds isn’t just about avoiding CSA violations, it’s also about keeping the driver and other people on the road safe. Drivers should always consider stopping times in emergency situations and remember that faster speeds will increase the time needed to stop.
With a consistent, ongoing training program, you can remind drivers of the importance of following posted speeds.
Violation #2: Failure to Obey Traffic Laws
Failure to obey traffic laws comes in at number two violation with 10.45%. This has to do with issues such as following too close or failure to obey signs in work zones.
This is another area where diligence is key. Drivers should always consider safety, and using online training to keep important safety topics in mind is a great way to provide training without disrupting busy schedules.
Violation #3: Failure to Use a Seatbelt
Failure to wear a seatbelt has become a real issue in the trucking industry. This issue accounts for 5.43% of violations and is a completely avoidable violation.
Seatbelts are important safety tools that protect your drivers if they are in an accident. Remind drivers of the importance of seatbelts. Get them to understand your concern is their safety.
Violation #4: Hours of Service Violations
Despite the use of ELDs, drivers continue to have issues with hours of service. According to FMCSA regulations, drivers can only drive 11 consecutive hours after a 10-hour off-duty period.
With proper planning, drivers can give themselves better time to avoid going over their time. This planning includes giving themselves time to locate a safe parking spot before they run the risk of going over the required hours.
Violation #5: Cellphone Use While Driving
Distracted driving is a major safety issue on the roads, and the biggest cause of distracted driving is cellphone use. 1.96% of all CSA violations were due to cellphone use while driving.
It is important to make drivers aware of the regulations regarding cellphone use and remind them of the important safety issues behind these regulations. Distracted driving accounts for 15% of accidents on the road.
Consistent Training to Reduce Violations
Providing consistent training around important safety and regulatory issues is a great way to keep them top of mind and reduce CSA violations for your company.
With Trucking 52, you can provide training throughout the year, using our online training platform. Drivers can access their training at any time on any device with an internet connection.
You can also keep track of all training records within the platform, so you never have to worry about finding the documentation when you need it.
Trucking 52 is simple to use for management and drivers alike. See for yourself with a free demo.