Keeping a Clean CSA Score
As professional truck drivers, we play a large role in keeping the roadways safe for not only ourselves, but for the general public as well. To monitor the safety of transportation companies and drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has created the CSA program. CSA stands for Compliance, Safety, and Accountability—all areas that help each of us be high quality drivers.
Why is it Important?
When looking at new driver candidates, many carriers will utilize FMCSA’s Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP), which allows them to review your CSA score during the hiring process. Accidents will stay on your CSA record for five years and any violations found during a roadside inspection will stay on your record for three years. Having a poor CSA score with inspection violations can affect your career opportunities, which could in turn impact your future earning potential. If you were to have any serious CSA unsafe driving violations listed on your PSP, it could make finding employment opportunities more difficult. It is important to maintain a clean CSA record to ensure you are able to succeed in your career. That reason alone should motivate you enough to eliminate unsafe driving violations.
How to Maintain a Clean Inspection Record
Maintaining a clean CSA score starts with getting clean inspections. The following tips are very simple and will help you pass your roadside inspections. Not only that, they will also make you a better, safer driver, which is beneficial for everyone. When entering a weigh station, remember the following:
- Read and obey each traffic sign
- Always wear your seatbelt
- Never use any handheld devices while behind the wheel
- Obey posted speed inside or outside the weigh station (these violations are subject to disqualification)
As a bonus benefit to passing inspections, weigh station scale bypasses are granted more frequently when a company’s CSA score is better – your performance impacts all of your fellow drivers!
Remember, any violation found during a roadside inspection will stay on your CSA record for 3 years. You put a lot of effort into receiving your CDL, so don’t let a poor inspection negatively impact your career. Ensure you have the most profitable career possible by avoiding all unsafe driving violations.