A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study shows that crashes in which large truck trailers are struck in the side or rear could be reduced by 15% if the vehicles were more visible in the dark and bad weather. NHTSA is now proposing a rule that requires manufacturers to install retroreflective sheeting or reflex reflectors on the rear and sides of trailers with a width of 80 inches or more and a weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds. Different pattern configurations are required for dump, flatbed, tank, and van trailers. NHTSA has also a proposal for rear underride protection to reduce the severity of accidents in which vehicles strike the rear ends of trailers.

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    TranSafety, Incorporated

    5811 Oak Leather Drive
    Burke, VA  United States  22015
  • Publication Date: 1992-1

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  • Pagination: p. 7
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 9
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: TranSafety, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0884-612X

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  • Accession Number: 00618922
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 29 1992 12:00AM