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What is National Road Victim Month all about?

Posted on 15th Aug, 2018 by Dominic Benabda

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You might think you can guess the purpose of National Road Victim Month just from the name. Many would say it’s just about taking a moment to appreciate all the people who’ve been injured or killed in road traffic accidents. And while that’s great, that’s only one part of it. National Road Victim Month was created not just for remembrance, but also for action in the name of these victims, and taking steps to ensure that we stop as many others as we can from suffering the same tragic circumstances.

August is the single most dangerous time of year on the roads

National Road Victim Month is an initiative of Roadpeace, a leading road accident charity here in the UK. They’ve observed the month in August of every year since 1998, when Princess Diana was famously killed in a horrible traffic accident. The purposes of the initiative is to honour and remember those injured or killed in similar circumstances, as well as to highlight the devastating, lifelong impact of such crashes.

A key reason why August was chosen is because it sees the highest number of deaths on British roads. Why is August so deadly? Well, we highlighted a number of reasons about summer in general in last week’s post about why extra visibility is important in summer. In addition to that, though, lots of the other key reasons can be traced back to one thing: holidays.

Here are just a few reasons why so many road crashes happen in August:

  • More people are on the road heading to airports or holiday destinations
  • Many drivers are more stressed or distracted than usual (whether by other drivers, or children in the car)
  • Some drivers are more likely to be travelling on unfamiliar roads on the way to their holidays
  • As we outlined last week, more children are often playing near roads because of the school holidays

hgv in summer

Why National Road Victim Month matters to us here at Vision Techniques

Prevention is a key aspect of the campaign, as Roadpeace seeks to make the general public more aware of how they can stop similar accidents from happening in future. That aim aligns exactly with ours here at Vision Techniques, as the majority of our road safety products are specifically designed with this goal in mind. For example:

Our StopSafe system protects both drivers and other road users

We designed our StopSafe system to give crews of HGVs the ability to stop the vehicle should the driver fall unconscious, or become otherwise incapacitated. A key feature of the system is the large red button in the centre of the dashboard, which crew can press in an emergency. This stops the engine and applies ABS braking to bring the vehicle to a gradual, controlled stop, minimising the risk to the HGV’s occupants or other road users.

VT Banksman protects pedestrians and vulnerable road users

A centrepiece of our VT Banksman set of products is an auto-braking reversing radar, alerting HGV drivers to any immobile or moving obstacles that are outside their field of vision. These advanced devices come in particularly useful for municipal vehicles and HGVs in similar industries, as they minimise the chances of collision in confined spaces like residential drives. It’s worth noting that such places are prime locations for children to be out playing – an additional summer risk we mentioned above.

These are just a few samples to give you an idea of the design principles behind our products here at Vision Techniques. You can see our cyclist safety products and other road safety products here, or for any questions or queries you can always give our sales line a call on 08455 278 267.

Vision Techniques Doubles in Size with Expansion

Posted on 8th Aug, 2018 by Dominic Benabda

Vision Techniques Limited have taken the opportunity to expand their business premises on the back of a period of sustained growth. The new office space has been given a bespoke design to fit the unique services they currently offer and the new services that are currently in development.

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Vision Techniques gain more staff with growth

Posted on 20th Jul, 2018 by Dominic Benabda

The Blackburn based company has employed new key staff members in all areas of the business to consolidate its growth throughout 2018 and for the future.

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4 year-old child shows appreciation for careful HGV driver

Posted on 20th Jun, 2018 by Dominic Benabda

cycling

The relationship between HGV drivers and cyclists is famously fraught, so it’s fair to say that it’s relatively rare to find a positive news story about any interactions. Happily, a recent story involving four year-old Rhonda Jones has broken with that pattern, garnering a fantastic reaction amongst the general public in just a matter of hours. In this case, the driver’s brilliant sense of vehicle safety was rewarded by an enthusiastic reaction, helping to explain the clip’s extraordinary popularity!

What happens in the clip?

The footage of the clip itself was taken from the onboard camera of a trailer bike ridden by Tom Jones (not that one), who microblogs along with his wife about bicycle touring with their three children. His four year-old daughter, Rhonda, was in the seat of the trailer bike, and the video starts as an HGV starts to edge into view on the road behind her. You can see as you watch the video how the HGV driver waits patiently for the right passing opportunity, and when he initiates it he takes care to leave plenty of room for the family as he conducts the overtake.

The moment that’s captured the public’s hearts is when Rhonda spots his considerate driving technique, and flashes him an enthusiastic thumbs-up as he passes. From the footage, it’s easy to see that the pass happened on a particularly narrow piece of road, which left the driver with relatively little space to conduct the overtake. Instead of risking it and passing as closely to the family as he pleased, he instead waited patiently until he could safely pass.

It’s not hard to see why the video has been so successful, and it also does HGV drivers a great credit. Though the vast majority are not inconsiderate road users, significant statistics each year point to dangerous or even deadly collisions with cyclists. There are all sorts of reasons for this, from the bulk of the vehicle itself to the relatively limited field of vision the driver sometimes has compared to other road users. Cyclists, meanwhile, are far smaller and more vulnerable, which means that any interaction with them on the roads demands particular care and attention.

How can HGV drivers and fleet operators ensure cyclist safety?

lorry road

Here at Vision Techniques, the safety of all road users is equally important to us, and it’s a core focus in our range of vehicle safety products. Specifically, our TurnAware Cyclist Detection System has been designed for this exact purpose. It’s a camera and monitor system that uses light, speed and movement sensors to determine whether a hazard is moving towards or away from the HGV. This not only helps HGV drivers to identify and adapt for cyclists, but also helps cut down on the chances of irritating false alarms. When a cyclist is indeed approaching the nearside or blind spot of the vehicle, the driver is notified with audible alarms and movement on the display screen.

To complement this, you can also take a look at our TurnSensor Side Detection System, which similarly uses ultrasonic sensors to warn drivers of nearby cyclists. Essentially, it works by sending out pulses at short, regular intervals. When a pulse doesn’t reach its radius, it signals that to an alarm unit, which then alerts the driver to the position and distance of the cyclist or object.

Of course, considerate, careful driving techniques like those demonstrated by the driver in the video will always be the best way to deal with vulnerable road users, but the great thing about our cyclist safety products is that they can maximise your drivers’ field of vision and absolutely minimise the chances of any accidents. You can explore our full range of cyclist safety products here, or alternatively give us a call on 01254 679 717.

Key steps to maximising safety for cash-in-transit

Posted on 29th May, 2018 by Dominic Benabda

driver at wheel

Cash in transit is, by its very nature, a highly sensitive operation that demands high levels of awareness and alertness at all stages of the process, to minimise the chances of interference or intrusion from opportunistic thieves.

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Aggregate Industries astonished by Banksman Radar demonstration

Posted on 19th Apr, 2018 by Dominic Benabda

Vision Techniques were invited down to the Aggregate Industries Senior Leadership Conference to show the solution to reversing accidents, VT Banksman Auto Braking.

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Delivering fuel without a handbrake equals runaway vehicle

Posted on 9th Apr, 2018 by Dominic Benabda

This driver forgot to apply the handbrake before unloading his vehicle, causing a large amount of fuel to be spilled all over the road due to a runaway vehicle. The clean up process and loss of fuel will have easily cost this company thousands.

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Vision Techniques increases focus on the quarrying and construction industries

Posted on 19th Mar, 2018 by Dominic Benabda

Blackburn based vehicle safety company increases focus within the quarrying and construction industries to improve the safety for the workforce, following the appointment of industry proven specialist Lee Taylor (pictured right).

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Flogas becomes first gas supplier with Runaway Prevention

Posted on 25th Jan, 2018 by Dominic Benabda

Flogas Fleet Manager Steve Moir and Vision Techniques Sales Manager Steve Smith with the first BrakeSafe installed tanker.

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We Are Hiring: Trainee Automotive Installation Engineer/Automotive Electrical Engineer

Posted on 19th Jan, 2018 by Dominic Benabda

We are now recruiting for more engineers to join our team. The successful candidates will carry out the installation, commissioning and servicing of commercial vehicle based security and data collection systems, such as CCTV recording equipment, RFID and intelligent radar systems.

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