Driving in construction assignments often means that you drive alternately in a gravel pit and on public roads. On the public roads it can get tricky when cooperating with all the fellow road users. And the gravel pit has its own challenges. So let's get some help from the driver support systems.
In certain situations, such as turning or driving downhill on slippery roads, the trailer risks catching up with the truck, creating a hazardous jack-knife effect. The Stretch Brake is a Volvo feature designed to stop that from happening. By pulse braking the trailer, the vehicle combination is stretched, and the danger reduced. The system can be automatically activated in risky situations, at speeds of up to 50 km/h.
Emergency brake light.
If you slam on the brakes, the brake lights flash rapidly to alert the vehicles behind you. An effective way of avoiding rear-end collisions, which can lead to major pile-ups and cause fatal injuries.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning.
Follow the traffic rhythm without effort. The radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) keeps a safe distance to the vehicle in front by controlling the accelerator and all available brakes. If there’s a risk of collision, warning lights are projected on the windscreen.
Lane Changing Support.
The blind-spot area on the passenger side can easily hide other road users. Lane Changing Support is equipped with a radar that checks this area when you activate the turn signal. If the area’s not clear, you are notified by a sound and a flashing icon by the mirror.
Electronic Stability Program.
The Electronic Stability Program (ESP) applies the brakes individually on each wheel. This provides stability for the entire vehicle combination, thus counteracting jack-knifing, roll over and trailer swing. ESP is available for both tractors and rigids.
Enhanced performance – Bad roads.
This is a very useful software program for I-Shift. It adjusts gearchanging, assists starting and aids driving off-road in poor conditions and hilly terrain.
Find the complete list of I-Shift programs here.