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Technology and Skilled Maintenance Keep Big Rigs Safely Rolling

Review of the 2018 CVSA International Roadcheck Results

Keeping trucks and trailers in safe-operating condition is important for safety. Breakdowns and out-of-service conditions add up to wasted time that equates to wasted money. The results of 2018 International Roadcheck prove that preventive maintenance and repairs need attention.

  • Brake systems
  • Tires and wheels
  • Brake adjustment

Safety System Technology for the Trucking Industry

Technology is offering new features to help vehicles move safer along the roads. Found on FleetOwner, "Collision Mitigation: Require it or wait?" by Marsh, A. (2018, January 18) reviews the recent history of safety mandates affecting the trucking industry and how braking system safety is being further researched for mandatory consideration. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) refers to "technology-driven alerts and emergency takeover functions" that are being developed, tested and implemented to help cut down on the number of accidents along the busy roads and highways. 

  • As far back as 2008, it was recommended that big trucks have a braking safety feature developed and required.
  • In 2015, safety features became established for development.
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • Forward Collision Avoidance and Mitigation (FCAM)
  • In late 2017, "it became a mandate for all new Class 7 and 8 tractors to have ESC systems that help prevent rollover and loss-of-control accidents." 
  • As of 2018, FCAM is still under research, improvement, and consideration. Eventually, a mandate may require that Class 3-8, heavy-duty trucks have this technology.
  • Video technology is another future advancement that will add more safety under ADAS.

What is great about FCAM and what's happening with it?

"FCAM systems use forward-looking sensors, typically radars and/or cameras, to detect vehicles in the roadway. When a rear-end crash is imminent, the forward collision warning system warns the driver of the threat."

Reportedly, research is proving advantageous using advanced drivers assistance systems. With technology continuing to offer more and more upgraded features, determining when the technology is sufficient for roll-out is why FCAM is slower to be implemented and mandated. Data is still being collected on FCAM by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Some heavy-duty truck manufacturers are already implementing FCAM into new designs of their future models.

Technology Still Requires Skillful Maintenance and Repairs

Michigan Truck Sales & Equipment, located in Grand Rapids, MI, is your one-stop shop for everything you need to keep your truck or fleet safely moving across America. Even with new technology, quality preventive maintenance and repairs are necessary. Our highly-trained technicians keep up with all the innovative technology, and they offer our customers the best in service and repairs. We understand how important it is to get your truck maintained and repaired as quick as possible. 

When you're looking for quality trucks, trailers, construction equipment, and service, come partner with our team. When you partner with us, you get the network of the NAPA Truck Service Centers positioned across the country for dependable service and repairs.


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