Some of the latest and most advanced crash prevention technology is making its way to tractor trailers in the hopes of reducing the high number of fatal truck accidents. Electronic stability control has proven itself in passenger vehicles, and research suggests that it could help prevent many of the semi truck crashes that occur on the highways today. A regulation finalized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in June of 2015 indicates that by summer of 2017, all commercial trucks and buses must have this life-saving technology installed.

What Is Electronic Stability Control?

Electronic stability control, also called ESC, is a computerized vehicle control system that monitors the way a vehicle responds to steering and brake input, then corrects the vehicle as necessary to prevent accidents. ESC is programmed to correct skidding, sliding, and other actions that cause rollovers and loss of vehicle control. ESC electronically controls brakes, steering, and other vehicle systems to keep the vehicle moving forward on its intended path by preventing sideways motion that can lead to serious accidents.

It has been used in passenger vehicles since 2012 with great success and has prompted the NHTSA to require this technology in commercial trucks and buses beginning in August of 2017 for new semi trucks and 2019 for other types of commercial vehicles.

Some ESC Statistics

Since 2012, the NHTSA estimates that ESC installed in vehicles has reduced single-vehicle passenger car crashes by 32 percent and single-vehicle SUV crashes by 57 percent. The organization also estimates that if this technology is used in more vehicles, it could prevent as many as 72 percent of car and 62 percent of SUV rollovers. Considering the fact that rollovers are a very significant type of semi truck crash, this and institute studies suggest that ESC installed in large commercial trucks and buses could be equally as effective and save as many as 50 lives per year based on rollover crash statistics.

How ESC Works

Electronic stability control works by sensing driver control of the vehicle and when actions like over-steering and braking cause slipping and skidding. By determining when the vehicle begins losing traction and leaves the initial forward path of motion, it automatically compensates with corrected steering and braking to bring the vehicle back under control, preventing further skidding that leads to rollovers and other accidents. ESC activates automatically and only in emergency circumstances when significant skidding begins. This type of automatic driver assistance is expected to be a huge factor in increasing the safety of commercial trucks like tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles that are prone to rollover accidents.

Rollovers are a significant cause of serious and many times fatal truck accidents. Electronic stability control has shown much success in reducing the skidding and sliding that leads to rollovers. With this advanced safety technology on board, the hopes are that ESC will prevent as many as 50 fatalities or more per year that occur in semi truck crashes. With ESC installed, commercial trucks and buses will be a little bit safer for everyone on the roads and reduce the instances of devastating rollover crashes!

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