Upcoming CVSA Roadcheck 2023 to Focus on ABS and Cargo Securement

Helpful Tips on Brake Safety and Cargo Securement to Help Prepare You for CVSA Roadcheck

The CVSA Roadcheck is an annual three-day event conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in which law enforcement agencies across North America conduct intensive inspections of commercial vehicles, including trucks and buses, to promote safety in the commercial motor vehicle industry.

This year the roadcheck is scheduled to take place from May 16-18 and will focus on ABS braking systems and cargo securement. Last year brake systems accounted for 25%, and cargo securement accounted for 11%, of out-of-service violations.

Want to pass your inspections? Here are some tips to keep your fleet in safe working order.


By performing a pre-trip inspection, drivers can visually inspect the brake system for pressure loss from air leaks and chafed air hoses. The driver should also listen for any unusual sounds when applying the brakes.

A trained technician can inspect the brake components visually to look for signs of wear or damage. Inspection can include checking the brake pads or shoes, drums or rotors, calipers or wheel cylinders, brake lines, and other components.

Electronic Monitoring:
Many modern heavy-duty trucks come equipped with electronic brake monitoring systems, which can provide real-time data on the condition of the brakes. New after-market solutions using Bluetooth sensors that tie into ELD tablets, warn drivers of brake, tire, and hub line pressure issues before they become more serious and costly to repair.

Cargo Securement

Use the Right Equipment:
Use appropriate tie-downs, straps, chains, and other equipment that meet or exceed the weight and size requirements of the transported cargo. See FMCSA guidelines.

Distribute Weight Evenly:
Ensure that the weight of the cargo is evenly distributed and centered over the axles to maintain stability and prevent shifting during transit.

Secure Heavy Items First:
Secure heavy items first and then work towards lighter items. This can help ensure that the heavy items are secure and not shifting during transit.

Know the Regulations:
Understand the federal, state, and local regulations regarding cargo securement. For permitted loads, ensure your driver has access to the correct permits via paper or a digital library.

Use Blocking and Bracing:
Use blocking and bracing materials to prevent cargo from shifting or tipping during transit. Materials such as wood blocks or dunnage can be used to fill gaps and provide additional support.

Check Frequently:
Inspections are required (FMCSA §392.9) within the first 50 miles after loading and then every 150 miles, 3 hours, or at a duty change, whichever comes first.

Check Before You Go:
Check all tie-downs, straps, chains, anchor points, and other equipment for wear, damage, and proper tension before starting a trip.

Secure Cargo from All Sides:
Use multiple tie-downs and straps to secure cargo from all sides, including the front, back, and sides of the cargo.

Roadcheck helps the CVSA to identify safety trends and areas for improvement in the industry. The data collected during the event is used to develop safety programs and initiatives to address safety concerns and reduce the number of crashes involving commercial vehicles. To be further prepared for this event, you can find detailed brake and cargo securement safety guides from CSVA.

Contact Pedigree Technologies to learn more about our fleet safety and management solutions today!

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Data Now Supported by Pedigree on a Full Suite of Devices

Pedigree’s full range of cellular gateways, including an affordable solar unit, now support SmartAir™ TPMS and other Bluetooth sensors.

Fargo, N.D., May 5, 2023
Press Release ConMet Digital TPMS Pedigree Technologies
Pedigree Technologies has expanded its gateway offerings to include an affordable, easy-to-install solar tracker with the capability to receive Bluetooth data from the ConMet Digital SmartAir™ Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensor.

Combining Bluetooth solutions with an array of tracking devices solves a few of the primary technology pain points facing fleets: easy installation, a responsive data platform for both drivers and management, and reliable and affordable device options.

The innovative Bluetooth SmartAir™ TPMS sensor solves these pain points. The sensor data can be picked up by the solar gateway or a variety of other trackers offered by Pedigree. And Pedigree’s OneView™ platform provides real-time tire pressure alerts to drivers and fleet managers.

Finally, installation is extremely fast and simple. Simply unscrew the valve cap, screw on the SmartAir™ TPMS sensor and connect to the cloud. Typically, Pedigree’s ELD will pick up the inflation pressure data from the truck tires. The trailer tire data will be received by our GPS solar tracker, which is easily applied with quick-install automotive adhesive.

“Connecting the unconnected sounds simple but is very challenging without the right technology,” says John Elsner, CEO of Pedigree. “By collaborating with partners such as ConMet Digital, we can offer best-in-class and affordable solutions such as the SmartAir™ TPMS sensor, which provides an immediate financial return to fleets.”

According to a study by the US Department of Energy, a 10% under inflation of tires can lead to a 1.5% decrease in fuel economy. By using Pedigree’s OneView™ platform and SmartAir™ TPMS sensors to ensure proper tire inflation, fleets have the potential to minimize their carbon footprint while saving in fuel costs.

The OneView™ platform supports the full suite of ConMet’s Digital products, including the PreSet Plus® SmartHub™, SmartAir™ Axle Load, and SmartAir™ Line Pressure. These solutions offer fleet managers and customers greater visibility into the health of wheel hubs, tires, air lines, and axles, resulting in improved uptime and safety.

“Partnering with Pedigree not only fuels synergy in data-driven innovation, but also empowers us to deliver unprecedented value to our customers,” said Paul Washicko, Vice President and General Manager of ConMet Digital.

In addition to tire pressure monitoring and other ConMet Digital products, Pedigree offers a wide range of Bluetooth devices for monitoring temperature, humidity, and the movements of assets, attachments and vehicles. These solutions are highly configurable to meet a variety of operating environments.

Pedigree Technologies’ OneView™ platform is an open IoT solution to track, monitor, diagnose, and communicate with high-value assets in real time, providing a full suite of digital solutions. For more information about this release or Pedigree Technologies, please contact Jessica Slyter at Jessica.Slyter@pedigreetechnologies.com.

About Pedigree Technologies 
Pedigree Technologies is a tough, innovative, Midwest telematics company with a passion for smart technologies allowing customers to manage vehicles, equipment, and workers from anywhere. Our software, OneView™, provides real-time tracking and sophisticated data analytics to help businesses optimize their operations and make better, informed decisions. The power of Pedigree is to connect the unconnected, all on one screen.

About ConMet
ConMet, a division of Amsted Industries, is a leading global supplier of wheel hubs, aluminum castings, and structural plastics to original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket channels in the commercial vehicle industry. Founded in 1964, ConMet innovation has been critical in designing, engineering, and manufacturing revolutionary technologies for trucks and trailers. Today, ConMet products are standard equipment on most heavy-duty vehicles in North America and have a growing footprint worldwide.

ConMet Digital was established in 2019 to advance ConMet’s innovation on IoT (Internet of Things) for heavy-duty vehicles. The growing team has decades of experience across telematics, data science, wireless communications, and cloud computing. Together with the unmatched commercial vehicle expertise and support of ConMet, ConMet Digital provides holistic, actionable insights into the tractor-trailer ecosystem to help fleets improve operations.


Reduce Tire Costs With a Tire Management System

Reduce Tire Costs

Fleets Who Focus on Tire Management Can Increase Savings and Improve Overall Performance

This year it’s anticipated that fleets will continue to face rising prices and extreme revenue pressures. As a way to combat these pressures, proper tire management is one area that can reduce operational costs.

Tires should be viewed as assets, and be managed properly from selection to disposal to maximize their value versus a material simply being bought and used. Fleets should establish a tire management system to track the true cost of each tire and ensure that they get the most value out of their investment.

A tire management system should begin with tire selection, considering the vehicle’s specific needs, routes, and the climate. Selecting a tire specific to the application will enhance efficiency and profitability. Tire dealers can be a great resource for fleets to ensure that they are getting the best for their dollar.

Another important way to improve your investment is by using tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) which, thanks to the introduction of Bluetooth technology, have become more accessible and affordable to incorporate. With this new TPMS technology, gone are the days of complex and time-consuming installations.  Now sensors can simply be screwed on to the stem valves and can connect to the cloud via an ELD or other tracking device.

Inflation pressure is always the most important factor of tire maintenance relative to tire costs. Correct inflation will help to maximize the ability to retread a tire while minimizing wear and the tire’s contribution to fuel economy rolling resistance. According to the FMCSA, only 46% of heavy commercial vehicle tires are inflated within five psi of target pressure and only 38% of trailer tires.*

A TPMS will eliminate the 10–20-minute manual tire pressure check, reduce wear and tear, and help prevent tire blowouts and other tire-related accidents. By constantly monitoring tire pressure and alerting drivers to any issues, it also reduces the costs associated with tire damage and downtime.

Tire expenses will always be a way of life for fleet managers. Therefore, it only makes sense to establish procedures designed to control them. A good tire maintenance program, incorporating management strategies and TPMS technology, will enhance tire efficiency and profitability. Fleets can increase savings and improve overall performance by focusing on tire management.

Contact Pedigree Technologies to get started on your own tire management system.

*(FMCSA – 2002 study, cited by NACFE 2020)