There’s a new report out from the Governors’ Highway Safety Association [GHSA] regarding major increases in the numbers of pedestrians being killed on the roads of the USA, and one of the reasons given for this very regrettable situation is the involvement of pick-up trucks and SUVs.
One solution, of course, is that if a pick-up or SUV is not essential then its wise and safer for you to buy a different type of vehicle. And don’t worry that doing this would reduce your own safety, either. Trucks and SUVs are by no means the safest vehicles on the roads, in any context — mini-vans and big sedans are typically safer for occupants.
Another consideration in a purchasing decision is that despite Electronic Stability Control [ESC or certain other abbreviations] having been made compulsory on cars purchased in the USA since 2012, even that ESC cannot prevent all types of rollovers in SUVs or pick-up trucks, for the reason that they have a higher center of gravity than sedans, station wagons and even minivans, so they remain more likely to roll over, and that is often deadly for the occupants.
Rollover risk is particularly high in vehicles that have been raised higher than the automaker intended (sometimes referred to as “jacked-up”). This causes the additional, highly-dangerous risk of over-running a smaller vehicle in a collision — meaning to go right over the top of it and very likely kill everyone in it. Then there is the fact that many heightened vehicles don’t have the brakes or speedometer linkage adjusted appropriately and so they can be more dangerous for those reasons, too.
If you own or you work for an organisation or corporation that provides pick-ups or SUVs for your staff to use, then the extra danger created by this should be taken into account. Not only is the risk of one of your drivers being involved in a devastating tragedy more significant but so is the subsequent risk to your bottom line and your business reputation.
We recommend that you take a thorough look at our ‘Courses‘ page or Contact Us right now with any questions you have about how we can help you protect your personnel, your community, your profits and your good name. At ADoNA, not only are we specialists for training drivers for maximum safety in SUVs and pick-ups, but if its relevant to you we are specialists for gravel road training, too.
There are more causes for the growing number of pedestrian deaths than the GHSA report mentions, so for details about another crucial factor, see
Far Too Many Pedestrian Deaths on the Roads of the USA, 2018.
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