Tractor trailer safety is the focus of this FixonRoad.com™ blog entry. Here is the question regarding trucks and anti-lock brakes: Is it safer to have ABS on the tractor and the trailer? Or, it is a better option to have ABS on the trailer only, when the tractor does not?
It is clear that trucks using antilock braking systems on the tractor unit have been involved in fewer crashes for air-braked tractor-trailers. The drop in truck accidents is estimated at approximately 3%. This study was released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
It is still unclear whether it is beneficial for the ABS to be on both the tractor and the trailer or just on the trailer.
The study measured data taken from 7 states and takes into account the age of the tractor trailer at the time of the accident.
The latest trucking mandate requires ABS on all new air-braked vehicles with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or more.
Anti-lock brakes have the potential to influence several types of truck accidents. Trucks with ABS see a reduction in tractor trailer jackknives, off-road truck overturns, and in collisions with other vehicles.
Trucks involved in accidents are more likely to be in need of roadside assistance.
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