July 12, 2013 | Following up from our post earlier this week highlighting the new HOS Rule, another important component of your driving safety plan is your CSA Score.
CSA scores are updated on a monthly basis. They measure the carrier’s safety accountability and rely on various components for measurement. The FMCSA relies on the following to calculate scores:
– Unsafe driving
– Fatigued driving/hours of service
– Driver fitness
– Controlled substances/alcohol
– Vehicle maintenance
– Crash indicators
With the CSA score, the lower the score, the better the result. On a scale of 1-10, the most severe ranking is a 10. The best way to avoid a poor score is to prevent violations from occurring and take precautions while carrying out your task. This involves maintaining your vehicles, keeping records in their appropriate locations, and maintaining your training and certification.