There are countless safety features available for commercial vehicles today. However, if truckers choose not to use them or if they are not working properly, these systems aren’t going to be very effective.
With this in mind, we will look at three common tools truckers use (or should use) to avoid accidents. We will also look at what can happen when they are not used properly.
A GPS device provides much more information than how to get from point A to point B. This is especially true when it comes to professional-grade systems, which also provide information on traffic and certain road restrictions. However, users must have GPS devices on and updated in order for them to provide timely and accurate information.
Recently, for instance, a trucker crashed into a bridge. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sent out an alert to all drivers reminding them to use professional-grade navigation systems that provide information on trucking-specific restrictions like low bridges.
In these books, truckers record their hours on the road, breaks and off-duty times. Logbooks serve as a means of ensuring a trucker complies with Hours of Service regulations, which are aimed at preventing drowsy driving.
However, they are only effective if truckers use them consistently and accurately. Failing to fill them out or falsifying records is unlawful and can be an indication that a trucker is not fit to be driving.
Automated driving features
Commercial trucks can be equipped with devices that monitor lane departures, sense forward or rear collisions and limit the truck’s speed. These features can be very effective at keeping drivers from making mistakes and unsafe decisions while driving.
Unfortunately, these systems can malfunction; truckers might disable them; they can be inconsistent across vehicle types. If operators don’t have proper training and if the devices are not inspected regularly, they may not have any effect on preventing an accident.
These and the many other safety features available can prevent a catastrophic crash, but only when they are used and maintained properly. In the event of a crash involving a commercial truck, examining these features can be crucial in assessing whether the proper steps had been taken to prevent an accident.