Despite having more than a year’s worth of experience with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, fleets are still adjusting to life under a more intense regulatory microscope. And if there is one area that is taking the brunt of that focus, it’s vehicle maintenance.

Under CSA’s seven BASICS (Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories), vehicle-related defects remain at the top of the violations list.

“It all comes down to having drivers who do a good pre-trip [inspection] and fixing problems as soon as they happen. Something you don’t fix today will only get worse tomorrow,” says Lance Craig, CEO of Craig Transportation, Perrysburg, OH.