Good morning, drivers! I found an interesting video on some new technology coming from Axicle Engineering. The company’s truck anti-rollover system (TARS) is what I’m writing about today.
We’ve all heard the horror stories coming from I-80 in the Great Plains. The crazy wind storms that caused trucks to be laid on their sides by the dozens. Well Axicle is developing a fifth wheel that the company claims will preserve the truck and driver in these incidents. When enough force is applied to the connection, it will jettison the fifth wheel plate, saving the truck from being brought down.
Can Axicle help with rollovers?
Let’s review the pros and cons of this invention. Why would you want this on your truck? If you are the “captain of your ship,” you wouldn’t be out there in 35+ mile per hour winds anyway. Here’s a link to a go-no go chart for winds. Just cross-reference your weight to the wind speed. If it is in red, then you don’t go. FMCSA did make that driver coercion complaint website for a reason, so use it if you are pushed to drive in unsafe conditions. Any law enforcement officer would have your back in case your dispatcher or broker tries to force you.
After watching the demonstration video and reading the comments, I have some points to pick at. First, I hate set-up demonstrations. I call them the “control group” of an experiment. You know what’s going to happen before it happens. I’m sure that there’s a nice open road in Wyoming that can get you a high speed wind gust and give us a practical example of the detachment. Just make sure you have a contract with the tow company before they upright that trailer.
Nice test, but I want real world applications
Now, the pros of the TARS system. While reading the comments, Axicle stated that “Lloyds of London said that their product would lead to a savings of 10-25% on an entire annual insurance premium, meaning it would save many thousands of dollars if installed by the factory.” With the increases seen in trucking insurance rates, any savings off that monthly bill would be appreciated.
Another is the cost of simply repairing an airline set compared to the cost of a truck that is totaled. You can simply spend a few hundred dollars getting the airlines fixed, get the truck inspected, and you’re good to go. Just being able to be back at work in a few days is a lot better than the alternative of weeks, if not months, in the shop. And also not having a hospital bill from injuries sustained in the rollover, if not possible death.
Axicle Engineering is definitely on to something with its TARS . You can fill out a form for an inquiry on their products.