By SafetyCulture Team | August 19th, 2015 Editor's Pick: Heavy Vehicle Inspection Checklist Checklist Best Practices | Safety | Transport & Logistics Reading Time: 2 minutes Vehicle inspections save lives according to research by the U.S Federal government. Every roadside inspection costs $3,281 in safety benefits (also taking into account lives saved, injuries and crashes avoided). Steve Keppler, Executive Director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance believes that safety and vehicle inspections need to permeate every aspect of an organisation. With this being particularly true for top leaders and employees at every level. “Safety is a habit, not a fad,” says Steve. “It needs to be practiced every day and needs to be a core part of everyone’s business.” “It is not surprising that the most financially successful fleets also tend to be the safest.” Steve attributes this to the safety programs they have put in place to proactively address safety before it is too late. Issues are identified and addressed before a vehicle and driver are dispatched. “The message is this: if you catch a vehicle defect during the company’s systematic maintenance program it will cost you $1, if you catch it during the pre-trip and on the ready line it will cost you $10, and if you wait to deal with it during a roadside inspection it will cost you $100.” “Safety is not a cost, it is an investment.” [Tweet “#Safety is not a cost, it is an investment”] With safety at the forefront of a company’s mind, it can result in fewer problems on the road, fewer crashes, less variability in costs, improved vehicle uptime and on time delivery and better employee retention and morale. Vehicle Violations In 2014, there were 3,419,309 roadside driver/vehicle inspections conducted in the United States. The top vehicle violations in 2014 were: Operating vehicle not having the required operable lamps – 14% Brake out of adjustment – 5% Tread depth less than 2/32 inch 4.77% SafetyCulture has developed a Heavy Vehicle Inspection Checklist to keep your vehicles safe. Find out more and download! [Tweet “Safety is a habit, not a fad @CVSA #SafetyCulture”] Like this article? Why not share it! Related Posts Editor's Pick: Inspection Template A Checklist for a Checklist Editor's Pick: ISO 9001:2008 Checklist Medical Inspection Checklists: protecting patient safety Editor's Pick: Inspection Template Important Notice The information contained in this article is general in nature and you should consider whether the information is appropriate to your specific needs. Legal and other matters referred to in this article are based on our interpretation of laws existing at the time and should not be relied on in place of professional advice. We are not responsible for the content of any site owned by a third party that may be linked to this article. SafetyCulture disclaims all liability (except for any liability which by law cannot be excluded) for any error, inaccuracy, or omission from the information contained in this article, any site linked to this article, and any loss or damage suffered by any person directly or indirectly through relying on this information.