The same technologies that make SUVs, sedans, coupes, and crossovers safer are now also helping to make semi-trailer trucks safer.

Driver assist technology, called by many different names depending on the maker, can make driving more secure. New technologies can do the following:

  • Slow a vehicle down if the vehicle that is driving in front of them slows down. Adaptive cruise control implies if the vehicle before you slows down, your vehicle will slow as well to keep a reasonable distances between the vehicles. If you switch lanes, your vehicle will begin to go back back to your previous speed.
  • Lane change assist will aid in keeping your vehicle between markings by sounding an alarm or vibrating the steering wheel itself if your vehicle begins to cross over path markings.
  • New technology can activate the breaks or warn the driver if an object, like a car or person, suddenly appears in front.
  • Give better views before and behind your vehicle with cameras. These cameras additionally make it simpler and more secure while exploring in small areas or reversing.

The general director of projects at the Canada Safety Council, Raynald Marchand, says, “Technologies can notify the driver if he’s falling asleep, with a wake-up buzzer. It’s based on things like eye movement, head movement and the grip on the steering wheel”.

Marchand tells Dale Edward Johnson, of the Regina Leader-Post that, “The trucking industry sees that it definitely makes sense from an economic and business point of view to have safer trucks on the road”.

Here are some pieces of technology that, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Arlington, Va., show help make vehicles safer to operate:

  • Lane departure warnings. A 2017 study found that the use of this system helps lower the rate of sideswiping and head-on collisions by 11%/. They also lower the rate of injury-crashes by 21%
  • Blind spot detection. This has been shown to lower the rate of “all lane-crashes” by 14%. It also lowered lane-change collisions, with injury, by 23%.
  • Rear view cameras. These have been proved to reduce crashes that occur while backing up by 17%.
  • Forward collision warning lights. These are lights and or buzzers that are used to quickly alert the driver. A 27% reduction occurred after using these.
  • Rear cross-traffic alerts. This is a buzzer sound that goes off when traffic approaches your vehicle as you are reversing. In using these, there was a 22% reduction rate in collisions.

Although these are great safety tools; it is important to remember they are not complete and total replacements for driver-cautious driving and safety awareness. They are features used to help an already cautious, and safe driver; as you should be if you are operating these vehicles. They are used to reduce a great number of accidents.