Every year about 1.2 million people die in road traffic accidents the world over. That is more than 3000 a day. Forecasts indicate that the number of fatalities will increase dramatically during the coming 20 years if current trends continue.
The WHO, WBSC (World Business Council for Sustainable Development), EU, ACEA (the European vehicle industry's joint organ) and others emphasise that preventive safety work must encompass a variety of measures such as better roads, safer vehicles, more effective legislation, traffic planning, health and medical care and urban planning, in order to ensure success.
Volvo Trucks is in the forefront of traffic safety and today's Volvo trucks are among the safest in the world. But we also work together with other players to reduce the risk of accidents ever occurring in the first place and to create the preconditions for safe transportation. That is why our safety work encompasses the entire transport system.
The four cornerstones of accident prevention
In order to prevent accidents where the human factor plays a decisive role, Volvo Trucks prioritises four areas: alertness, seat belt use, alcohol and speed.
Alertness and concentration - Driver Alert Support (DAS) signals both via an acoustic signal and by flashing an indication that the driver's drowsiness may be influencing his or her driving style.