To achieve our goal of zero accidents, truck manufacturers, authorities, infrastructure planners and other experts around the world need to work together.
It’s not enough for us to make our trucks safer. We need to help make the world’s roads safer.
We’re working with politicians, public authorities and other vehicle manufacturers to improve road, vehicle and driver safety.
We’re also sharing everything we have. And have offered our knowledge and experience to universities, research laboratories and partner organisations.
Whenever traffic safety is discussed, we participate. This helps us learn more about the issues, the potential solutions and how to design the trucks of the future.
There’s only one acceptable number
The aviation industry operates a zero accident policy. And it’s this approach – that no accident is ever acceptable – that we’re applying to road safety.
Using data from our accident research teams, we’ve identified four key areas that’ll help us achieve our vision: seat belts, inattention, alcohol and speed.
Tired and distracted drivers are a danger to themselves and others. And tiredness is by far the most common cause of accidents involving trucks.
To better understand the relationship between the driver and the truck, we’re running a stream of research projects. In one, 30 Volvo trucks are fitted with experimental technology and five cameras that register every aspect of every journey. The aim is to study, in detail, the situations that lead to accidents. And to verify that the truck’s safety systems function as intended.
Alcohol is involved in one third of all fatal road accidents. The available data shows that professional drivers account for a small proportion of drunk drivers on the road. Since accidents involving heavy vehicles can be catastrophic, every drunk driver is one too many.
We were the first truck manufacturer to factory-fit alcolocks in trucks. And we’ve offered ferry operators transporting trucks to and from Sweden free breathalyser equipment on board their vessels.
We also participate in various pan-European information projects such as the European Transport Safety Council’s ‘Safe & Sober’ campaign.
Increasing your speed from 80 to 90 km/h on a 100-kilometer journey will save you eight minutes. It’ll also increase your braking distance by 20%.
A number of studies indicate that keeping a steady lower speed will save you time and money – as speed fluctuations increase fuel consumption. A steady lower speed also reduces the risk accidents – preventing personal injury and expensive repairs.
Training makes drivers more safety-conscious. Well-trained drivers also experience less stress, which dramatically reduces the risk of accidents.