ABS WILL PUT THE BRAKES ON TRUCK CRASHES

In March 1995, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) established a 3-year timeline for all vehicles with a gross vehicle weight over 4,356 kg (10,000 lbs) to come equipped with antilock brake systems (ABS). NHTSA expects this action to benefit the trucking industry, drivers, and the driving public by preventing approximately 29,000 crashes, saving 500 lives, and preventing 25,000 injuries. This article describes the antilock braking mechanism and how it works in emergency-braking situations. It also highlights the experiences of some trucking companies that have converted completely to ABS and reports on the improvements in safety and maintenance for those carriers.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 20-22
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00728751
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 9 1996 12:00AM