Because they are 20 to 30 times as large as passenger cars, trucks can cause devastating injuries to occupants of the smaller vehicles following a crash.
The findings from a study by a nonprofit group indicate that installing four key safety features on big rigs could prevent a significant number of truck-related crashes.
About the study
In 2017, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report entitled “Leveraging Large Truck Technology and Engineering to Realize Safety Gains.” Their study focused on the increasing number of truck-related crashes in the U.S. and touted the potential for reducing such accidents by adding certain safety features.
Advanced safety technologies
The researchers looked specifically at four safety features large trucks should have:
– An automatic emergency braking system, which can deploy automatically if the truck gets too close to the vehicle in front of it.
– Air disc brakes, which provide both performance and maintenance benefits.
– A lane departure warning system that signals the driver if the truck begins to drift out of its lane.
– An onboard safety monitoring system using cameras and sensors to monitor the driver’s performance and behavior behind the wheel.
Safety for motorists
A truck-car crash can leave a victim with life-changing injuries. Therefore, the report also recommended precautions for motorists in smaller vehicles to take when traveling around large trucks. First, follow at a safe distance and allow ample space when the truck driver signals a lane change. Give a truck plenty of room to pass. Finally, remember that large trucks have blind spots. If you cannot see the driver in the vehicle’s side-view mirror, the driver cannot see you.