Truck safety features

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by timidlady, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. timidlady

    timidlady Light Load Member

    Sep 25, 2018
    I was curious why a truck is made so it can jack knife. It probably seems like a weird question but why didnt anyone ever develop a safety feature to prevent it? I was just thinking it would be nice if there was a grind sound built into a truck so that you know at what point you are steering too hard in a turn. I still oversteer sometimes. It's easy to do in my truck because it's a lightweight and I carry heavier loads so I have the fifth wheel extended. I'm stretched out so it's almost impossible for me to hit the trailer with the cab. A grind or whine or something hollering at me would be great. Which made me wonder why they are able to do this in the first place. Same thing with parking stretched out. Isn't that what causes the random pop noises when a truck is setting there? I hate those popping trucks next to me when I'm sleeping. Why isn't there a safety feature preventing you from damaging your tractor like that? I feel like the industry missed a lot of safety features. A ton, really.
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  3. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

    May 16, 2012
    There is a built in sensor...

  4. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    The piping sound is probably someone with good size air leek they are not fixing. You hear the air dryer pop every time the Air compressor fills up the air tanks.

    You don't jacknife unless you lose control generally. You got ABS and adaptive cruise control and automatic Emergency Braking
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  5. Mid-May Trucker

    Mid-May Trucker Road Train Member

    Oct 23, 2018
    The driver causes the Jack knife.
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  6. clausland

    clausland Road Train Member

    Dec 5, 2014
    North Woods
    Now wait a doggone minute. I read about wrecks in the news all the time. The news always says that heavy fog, or snow, or freezing rain caused those wrecks. You telling me they're not being truthful, that it's actually the "driver" that's at fault, c'mon now....
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  7. gentleroger

    gentleroger Road Train Member

    Jun 1, 2010
    If you are talking about maneuvering in a lot and not on the road -

    The lot I am working out of, and several or its customers as well, requires me to take the truck 90 degrees to the trailer in order to get out of a spot. Tandems must be all the way back as there is only about 4 inches between trailers and ANY overhamg will clip the trailer next to it. As you work back and forth the hood mirror passes over the glad hands on the trailer opposite. Its fun.

    If I had something beeping or growling at me it would just distract me.
  8. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    All those safety features are for people that dont know how to drive.
  9. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Levittown, PA
    There are 'After Market' jackknife prevention systems available.

    biggest reason they are not universal is the extra cost and some require modification to the trailer limiting the 'portability". Smaller carriers did use them. Apgar Bros in Bound Brook, NJ was running a system in the early 80's. It added weight and limited them to their own trailers and it worked.....
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  10. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    When I was still hauling sticks and bricks Apgar was running the heaviest loads out of Owens Corning in Kearny. The driver that did their pickups was driving an R-model with a single drive and a lift axle.
  11. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2017
    They have a device to prevent jackknifing while backing, they're called mirrors and most trucks have at least 4 of them. The last thing this industry needs is more "safety features."
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