Road use is being increasingly more dangerous in recent years. This is mainly down to the higher number of cars that are on the roads, leading them to become more and more busy. It is becoming especially more hazardous for big rig and oversized vehicles.
This is due to their size when compared to the other road users and the increasing number of overhead hazards that are arising. These do not pose much of a problem to other road users as they are too low to be affected by them and so do not need to worry.
For this reason, a collision alert system is a vital piece of equipment for all the oversized vehicles that are on the roads. They are used to pre warn them of the upcoming hazards and whether they will be able to make it through without incurring any sort of damage.
The hazards do vary depending on what road is being driven on, but in general the biggest one they face are bridges. When they are built over roads it is taken into account the size of the biggest road vehicles so that they can drive under them without any fuss and have room to spare.
However, over time roads need to be repaired and it may not seem like much but it can cause the roads to rise slightly and cut the distance between that and the bridge, causing a danger to the big rigs. There have been many instances of this happening and causing a lot of damage to them and other road users.
How something like this works is by making use of a radar type system that will scan ahead for any overhanging obstacles and can determine whether the height of the vehicle will be affected by it. If it will be then it will alert the driver so they can find an alternate route and not be in any danger.
This can also solve problems for other truck drivers as they will be able to notify the appropriate people to either have the sign changed or have an additional sign put up warning everyone else about the possible danger of collision.
For any type of overhead hazard that has been identified there are a high number of mismatched signs. This would include the wrong height being displayed or even the wrong hazard altogether. All collision alert systems can work together in many ways to reduce road traffic accidents by a large amount.
Not only are there versions that measure the distance above the trucks or oversized vehicles, but there are also ones that measure in all directions. They can detect whether they are getting too close to a barrier or to another car, this is especially useful when driving on a busy freeway.
A lot of car drivers do not pay proper attention to truck drivers and do not extend them any courtesy. It can be hard for the oversized vehicle on a busy freeway to change lane as due to their size, it may prove hard to judge how far away a vehicle is in the lane they are looking to go into.
If there is a vehicle getting close while they would be changing lanes then a buzzer would say alerting the driver to this and therefore ensure that no further accident or danger would take place.
Although many of the collision systems are not widely used for a number of reasons, there are still companies that provide them after being fully tweaked and tested over a period of years and are able to guarantee that they work to the fullest extent and can protect you when you drive.