Posted on 28th Nov, 2016 by Jonathan Peach
One of the biggest concerns when it comes to fleets is fleet safety. Of course, safety doesn’t just apply to the vehicle operator. Fleets need to consider members of the public who are at risk too, should proper HGV safety technology not be used. In today’s blog, we’re looking at ways to reduce collisions, highlighting the best in vehicle safety technology from Vision Techniques.
Research from eSafetyAware shows that warning and emergency braking systems, like VT StopSafe and VT BrakeSafe, can dramatically reduce the number of collisions you have. Benefits reported include 28% less rear-end collisions with personal injury. By detecting dangers at an early stage, braking technologies can help to prevent collisions – providing warnings and activating brakes when required. VT StopSafe also prevents accidents occurring as a result of ‘out-of-control’ vehicles, using its controlled braking system.
Blind spots are the cause of a huge proportion of accidents and collisions on the road. A problem for larger vehicles like HGVs, blind spots can lead to accidents when changing lanes on motorways, when turning right, and when taking off at traffic lights. With blind spot technology, like VT TurnSensor and VT TurnCamera, vehicle operators have been proven to have around 10% fewer accidents when changing lanes on motorways.
One of the best ways to reduce your risk of colliding with another vehicle or road user is by improving in-cab vision. Often, the standard mirrors don’t quite cut it. Technologies like our Vehicle Cameras provide a greater view of the road and what’s around you, highlighting any problems there might be.
During the evenings, the risk of collisions can be higher as not all roads are well lit at night. With night vision technology, however, operators can better see potential hazards such as pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles.
Rear visibility is a huge problem in larger vehicles, such as fleet vehicles and HGVs. For any vehicle of this size, we always recommend reversing cameras. Collisions that happen as a result of a reversing accident can be fatal – even though they often occur at low speeds. However, technologies like those in the VT Banksman range can help to increase rear visibility and consequently prevent collisions. The technology reduces the risk of colliding with objects, vehicles and pedestrians; using its unique FMCW microwave radar collision prevention system.
If you’re still nervous about collisions and want to ensure optimum protection, why not invest in VT Record? Our unique mobile DVR system is an in-vehicle mobile recording solution, which can be used to prove liability and prevent false claims. It provides peace of mind for all operators and can save your fleet thousands of pounds too. Visit the VT record product page to find out more.
Have you used any of the technology mentioned in today’s blog? If so, why not tweet a user review to us @VisionTechniques