Is somebody finally doing something about
driver's safety? It looks like Freightliner is. Their new Century Series
of Class 8 tractors looks like a real improvement in accident avoidance
and injury reduction. We can only give a brief summary here, check out
there page by clicking here.
These new rigs have seats that lower away
from the steering wheel and roof when a rollover situation develops. In
addition, the seat belts pretension at the same time. Still more, Freightliner
claims that the cab has been strengthened beyond even European standards
to improve crashworthiness. There is even an available airbag. Does this
stuff work? We don't know (and we don't sell Freightliners or any other
trucks) but it sure sounds like it might. You should certainly consider
the new Century Series if you buying a new rig.
This new line has many other safety features
of interest to drivers, including long stroke brakes with ABS. The new
ABS system seems to offer advantages beyond anti lock control including
traction control and compensation for brake fade and lining wear. Sounds
like a real improvement over the old "anchors".
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