Ask any driver who spends hours on the road each day driving a big rig how safe the roads are and you are likely to get an ear full of the close calls they have had while driving. Driving a large eighteen-wheeler with a load on the back can be dangerous on its own. Add in some crazy drivers, obstacles in the road and sketchy streets, and you have a much more dangerous situation. With advancement in technology within the trucking industry, truckers can now feel safer than ever. It also doesn’t hurt that these improvements can help keep trucking insurance premiums lower. Here are four ways technology makes trucking safer.
The idea of an eighteen-wheeler passing in a two- or four-lane highway is a scary thought. There are many reasons why a trucker would feel the need to pass, including trying to make a deadline or needing to exit. Whatever the case may be, it can get very scary when a big rig starts to change lanes. A driver has a big responsibility to be aware of their surroundings and know what cars are around them before they begin to change lanes. Fortunately, video technology has improved this process, making it much easier to change lanes with improved visibility. This type of technology notifies the trucker when it is okay to safely pass.
Eighteen-wheelers can easily weigh 40 tons. Getting into an accident with a 40-ton truck at high speeds increases the chance of damages and injuries. Speed governors aren’t new technology, but they are becoming increasingly valuable. Speed governors on eighteen-wheelers limit how fast a truck driver can drive. With a speed governor installed, you reduce the risk of damage and casualties if your driver is ever involved in an accident.
Another way technology is making trucking safer is through trailer tracking. The ability to track both the truck and cargo movements is important for many reasons. Not only does it keep cargo theft at bay, but it also helps improve driving efficiency. Companies can track movements in order to see what the most efficient process is and improve on it.
Cargo theft can be a real problem for companies and drivers. In order to protect the drivers, security features need to be in effect. Remote security features allow a truck to remain locked while the driver is busy doing other things, such as using the restroom or grabbing a bite to eat.
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