Trucking Alliance Announces New Safety Technologies for Members
The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, better known as the Trucking Alliance, recently announced new requirements for members.
In order to qualify for a membership, carriers must adopt four safety technologies. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, these technologies were determined to be critical for reducing large truck accidents.
The AAA Foundation reported was referenced by The Trucking Alliance. Titled “Leveraging Large Truck Technology and Engineering to Realize Safety Gains,” the report examined safety benefits and costs for installing these new technologies into commercial vehicles.
The technologies include lane departure warning systems, which can tell when a driver drifts out of their lane. This will warn the driver, and has been a popular technology in many traditional vehicles for years. There’s also video-based onboard safety monitoring, which utilizes today’s improved cameras and sensors to provide drivers with more visual coverage and information to help them stay safe on the road.
Another technology they mentioned is automatic emergency braking systems. These systems detect when a collision is imminent and can brake automatically in the event drivers fail to engage the brakes manually. This is another technology that is so highly touted for its safety performance that it is becoming popular in personal vehicles as well as commercial.
The final technology mentioned is air disk brakes, which provide superior braking performance on tractors when compared to traditional drum brakes.
The AAA Foundation’s report notes that a large amount of trucking fleets have already begun to equip their vehicles with these technologies. Their high ratings and obvious benefits make them an easy choice for helping carriers of all sizes reduce accident rates and avoid costly liability.
The Trucking Alliance sees such value in these technologies that they require them of any carrier who wishes to become a member.
“These technologies can make the highways safer for our drivers and the public and [that’s] why the Trucking Alliance carriers are installing them on new trucks,” said Steve Williams, president of the Trucking Alliance and Chairman/CEO of Little Rock-based Maverick USA. “The AAA Foundation report shows how these automated technologies can help commercial drivers and motorists avoid accidents and return home safely to their families.”