HGV’s, like those in the freight industry, are well know for carrying risks. In 2013, the Department for Transport highlighted that there were 6,092 accidents involving HGVs reported to the police, with 8,448 causalities.
The need to reduce accidents in the freight industry is at an all time high. While there are ways you can help yourself, by practising proper road safety; products designed specifically with HGV safety in mind add that extra layer of safety and security.
Freight vehicle safety tips
Communicate with other road users
Always use signals to let other roads users know what you’re doing and recognise signals from others user the road – such as cyclists and horse riders.
Use your indicators in good time to warn other road users and make sure your indicators are cancelled as soon as possible after you’ve turned.
Only use your horn when necessary
Your horn should only be used when your vehicle is moving and you need to warn users of your presence.
Cooperate with other road users
Freight vehicles can be intimidating so make sure your cooperate with other road users to help keep traffic flowing and to avoid incidents. Keep a good eye out for cyclists, motorcyclists, children and the elderly.
Keep good separation distances
Allow good space between your vehicle and the one in front. Always consider the speed at which you’re travelling, the road, weather conditions and the weight of your vehicle.
Enhance safety with Vision Technique products
Vision Techniques can offer a number of great products for your vehicle safety and security. Our products help to ensure fewer accidents, give you peace of mind, lower insurance costs and zero the risk of false claims.
Just some of the solutions we recommend for vehicles in the freight industry include:
VT TurnSafe – A suite of products designed to remove blind spots, help detect cyclists and make road users more aware of your presence.
VT IDent – VT IDent DriveStop helps to prevent vehicle theft and accidents involving unauthorised users of your vehicle. While VT IDent DriveStop controls the electrical and hydraulical element of your vehicle to help reduce fuel emissions.
VT Banksman – This suite of tools ensures rear visibility in large vehicles is at its best. The range of reversing radar systems reduce the risk of colliding with objects, vehicles and pedestrians.
VT Cameras – Our cameras offer peace of mind with CCTV that covers every angle of your vehicle. They can help reduce blind spots and record those all-important moments that may help prevent false claims.
VT CrashCAM – Our driving event recorders provide you with an affordable dashboard camera designed to protect you from fraudulent claims. Its G-sensor technology also detects intense movements, automatically recording and saving footage without the need to press any buttons.
For further information on any of the products mentioned today, click through to read more about them on their product page. Alternatively you can give us a call on 08452 873 438