Are Industrial Vehicles as Safe as We Think?

Do you use vehicles in your business, or are you planning to add a new department which includes the use of industrial vehicles? If so, you'll be wanting to know exactly how safe they are, and what risks there are to you and your staff. Here's what you need to know.

Today's Vehicles
With the use of today's technologies and computers, you will find today's vehicles are safer than ever. They are certainly safer than they were ten or more years ago. Each vehicle is tested for safety and endurance before it leaves the manufacturer. Just one of the many items on vehicles today we can find is ultrasonic sensors also known as transceivers which make vehicles more reliable and safer. They can detect mechanical breakdowns ahead of time and any problems that may arise with the vehicle or its surroundings. This, in turn, can help the consumer avoid accidents and costly repairs in the long run. It is also easier and quicker for the mechanic to detect problems so that the vehicle can be repaired in amp time and be returned back to the consumer. Ultrasonic sensors can also detect imminent danger ahead and can stop the car immediately or even some of them drive themselves by parallel parking. With all of the sensors on the vehicles, they almost resemble Kitt from the show “Knight Rider” from the 80’s.

Types of Sensors 
Being there are multiple parts on a vehicle almost every part has ultrasonic sensors. These are just a few of the types of sensors that most people are aware of: Airbag sensors which deploy the airbag in the event of a crash.Seat belt sensors to ensure each person in the vehicle is wearing their seatbelt. ABS sensors come on when the ABS system encounters a problem with the brakes or traction . Motion sensors which detect if something crosses the path of the vehicle while in motion or while parking the vehicle. Low tire sensors come on when there is a low tire. Mass air flow sensor comes on when it is time to change the air filter or if there is a vacuum leak. Wheel sensors come on when one tire is moving at a slower pace than the other wheels, usually by an obstruction in the wheel or a worn-out tire

Maintenance and The Warning Signs 
There are a lot of things that can trigger the warning signs on your dashboard. All of this is caused by sensors to let you know something is wrong or it is time for your vehicle to be serviced. The most common is the service engine light. When that light comes on the vehicle must be brought into the shop and there the mechanic will hook up the machine to the computer of the vehicle and a diagnosis will be made through a code letting the mechanic know what is wrong immediately. There is also minor lights that light up the dashboard such as the change engine oil light which means it's time for an oil change. This also runs on a sensor and will not set off the service engine light. All these sensors or usually something minor but can help avoid major breakdowns through simple maintenance which alerts you through the warning lights. This will keep your vehicle running longer, safer, and more efficiently.

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