Operation Safe Driver Week Gets Bendix Support

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Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announcement

ELYRIA, Ohio – Commercial and passenger vehicles are more advanced than ever – but there’s still nothing more important to safer roadways than the person behind the wheel. From developing technologies that equip North America’s drivers with the best tools to providing training and technical insight, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC supports the goals of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week, taking place July 11-17.

Operation Safe Driver Week is a safe-driving awareness and outreach initiative aimed at improving the driving behaviors of passenger vehicle drivers and commercial motor vehicle drivers. CVSA works with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) during the week to promote traffic law and safety belt enforcement, operating safely around commercial vehicles, roadside inspections, regulatory compliance, and commercial driver education.

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“As North America recovers from the pandemic, increasing travel and transportation mean busier roads for everyone – which makes CVSA’s mission (including its Operation Safe Driver Week) that much more vital,” said Fred Andersky, Bendix director of Government and Industry Affairs. “At Bendix, we’re proud to work closely with partners across the commercial vehicle industry to raise awareness and provide components and systems that reinforce safe driving practices and help improve the safety of the men and women who keep America moving.”

Bendix is the North American leader in the development and manufacture of active safety, air management, and braking solutions for commercial vehicles.

Helping Drivers Prepare

According to the FMCSA’s 2020 Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus Statistics, nearly a half million crashes (499,415) involving large trucks occurred in 2018. That averages out to 57 crashes per hour – almost one every minute.

Andersky noted, “What the FMCSA information tells us is that Class 8 tractor-trailers are likely involved in a sizeable percentage of heavy truck crashes that happen out on the road. That’s why we see technologies such as electronic stability control, collision mitigation, and others being mandated or made on many of today’s OEM tractor models. In turn, that means it’s increasingly important to prepare and educate drivers on how these systems work and what support they provide out on the road.”

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Bendix’s driver-focused efforts include on-site demonstrations and ride-and-drive training to familiarize drivers with new technologies, and videos exploring its systems and explaining the in-cab experience at Bendix’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/bendixvideos). The company’s “Truck Talk with Bendix” podcast also includes the “Drivers Insight Series” collection of episodes to help ensure safety systems are used correctly and to their maximum benefit.

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