Unfortunately, HGVs often sit in the high-risk category when it comes to vehicles on Britain’s roads. Incidents are far too frequent and when they do occur they’re often fatal or serious, which is why it pays to invest in additional safety technology. With this in mind, we’re giving you a run down of the biggest types of HGV incident and sharing our top Vision Techniques solutions.
1. HGV blind spots
HGV blind spots are particularly troublesome due to the size of an HGV. While mirrors are fitted as a standard, they aren’t usually enough to ensure a good picture of the roads and oncoming traffic. There’s also the possibility of a driver forgetting to check his blind spot when he manoeuvres – a major cause of accidents.
A Vision Techniques solution: Any one of our VT Cameras will help tackle the issue of blind spots. The cameras cover every angle of your vehicle – allowing you to gain a better understanding of what’s going on around you. Furthermore, some of our cameras also offer features like LED night vision and ultra-wide lenses – an additional benefit for many operators.
2. Reversing accidents
Again, it’s lack of 360-degree vision that creates difficulties when operators of HGVs reverse. Because of this, the Health and Safety Executive advises that all large vehicles, including HGVs, should be fitted with reversing camera technologies and alarms. Without these extra measures, there’s a real risk of collisions with buildings, people, or other vehicles.
A Vision Techniques solution: We have a variety of reversing technologies at Vision Techniques, VT MotionEye being our “next generation reversing camera”.
When there’s danger, you, the driver, are informed of the danger helping you prevent the accident from occurring. The 180-degree wide-angle lens also removes blind spots.
3. False insurance claims
Car insurance fraud is still one of the biggest types of crime on Britain’s road – with HGVs being one of the vehicles at risk. These incidents are not only costly, they can be dangerous too and hard to prove without the right technologies.
A Vision Techniques solution: VT Record is one of our best-selling solutions designed to protect against false claims. Featuring 3G and 4G video streaming and offering 360-degree coverage of your vehicles, it can be used to provide liability and evidence in crash for cash scams.
With a variety of safety issues including blind spots, the risk of collisions becomes a real threat. HGV-cyclist collisions, in particular, are a real problem. In fact, Transport for London calculated that a cyclist is 78 times more likely to be killed in an accident involving an HGV than one involving a car.
A Vision Techniques Solution: VT TurnSafe was designed exactly for this issue. The product range features a cyclist detection system, audible visual awareness and more – helping keep you and cyclists on the road aware and free of injury.
5. Driver fatigue
HGV operators work long hours – and unsociable ones at that – so it’s no surprise to hear that many drive while fatigued. If an operator struggles to pay full attention to the road, accidents can happen.
A Vision Techniques solution: All our technologies include a number of interactive features. There are warning lights, warning sounds and even technologies, like VT StopSafe, that bring your vehicle to a stop. It’s our advanced multi-layer technologies that make us the top choice for HGV drivers.
If you’re worried about unauthorised access and theft – another common concern for HGV drivers – discover our VT Ident solution. You can find out more on the webpage.