Incidents caused by vehicles reversing remain one of the biggest causes of serious road accidents in the commercial, refuse and quarry and mining industries. While there are a number of steps that might help to reduce the risk of reversing accidents, talking reversing alarms remain one of the simplest and most effective methods of tackling the problem.
The benefits of an audible alarm
The unique noise of an audible alarm means that roads users, workers, cyclists and pedestrians can all easily be alerted when they’re in the presence of a reversing vehicle. This is particularly useful if they’re positioned within the driver’s blind sport.
Tailored to your needs
Audible alarms don’t just make one, standard, shrill noise. They can be tailored to suit very specific applications – from warnings that a handbrake hasn’t been applied to worded alarms that advertise specific warnings or even corporate messages.
If you do fit a reversing alarm, you need to make sure:
- You keep on top of their maintenance and ensure they’re kept in working order. Any product you buy from Vision Techniques will be fully supported. We fit, distribute and repair equipment alongside offering extended warranties and long-term service checks.
- Your audible alarm needs to stand out from the background noise – so it needs to be loud enough and distinct enough to be recognised as a warning.
- Combining an audible alarm with flashing lights is also a good idea. Together, these functions will ensure a reversing vehicle is noticeable, whatever the conditions or environment.
A solution in VT TurnAlarm
VT TurnAlarm has been designed to clearly warn pedestrians that you are reversing – without creating the excessive noise that’s unwelcomed by the neighbourhood. It’s easily fit to large vehicles with a single rear bolt fixing, wired directly to the reversing light. Through the use of clever technology it combines an audible alarm with flashing LED lights and is automatically engaged as soon as you put your vehicle into reverse. What’s more, you can select from a variety of modes available on the device. You can opt to switch off the audible alarm completely – or half it – by intensifying the LED warning lights instead.
Other things to consider when reversing
- Reduce the dangers caused by blind spots through the use of external side-mounted mirrors and rear view mirrors.
- Refractive lenses fitted to the rear window, or closed-circuit television systems are also useful features that can help a driver to see behind the vehicle.
- Site layouts can be modified to increase visibility for drivers and pedestrians, making it a safer environment for all.
- Visible stops such as barriers or buffers at loading bays can be used.
To find our how our products can help you tackle incidents that commonly occur with reversing, call us today on 08452 873 157