Rear End Collision Avoidance

 

Rear End Collision Avoidance

In support of continuing effort to eliminate vehicle accidents, can you please answer the following questions based on your company’s practices?

 

1.       Do you use emergency lights on your vehicles?

ComEd Answer: Yes

Your Answer:

 

a.       Which vehicle types do you use them on? 

ComEd answer: We use them on Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) and SUVs, pickups and vans.

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b.      Are there any vehicles you do not use them on?

ComEd Answer: Yes. The only vehicles we have not installed emergency lights on are sedans (we have a small pilot ongoing with or Meter Reading Department).

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c.       What types of lights (strobe, light bar, flasher, etc.)?  

ComEd answer: Mars Lights and LED flashers

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2.       Do you utilize any type of safety lights on your vehicles 100% of the time when the vehicle is in operation? If yes, what type (MARS, LED Strobes, etc.)?    

ComEd answer: Yes, we use Mars/strobe type lights which are manually operated.

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3.       Do you have any LED Brake Lights/Bar for your vehicles? CMV vehicles, personal vehicles, etc.?       

ComEd answer: Yes, we currently have no lights flashing/strobe lights tied into brake lights.

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4.       Besides utilizing emergency lighting or additional lighting, have you addressed the prevention of rear end collisions in a different manner?

ComEd answer: Currently, we place reflective safety tape is the rear of all vehicles and we are exploring additional options to address the prevention of rear end collisions.

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Hi, I’m responding on behalf of FA member and maintenance manager, FRuggiero, who wrote:

In a waste hauling fleet, we painted the rear of the trucks safety yellow. According to corporate, there was very little improvement in rear impacts. 

I have used LED strobe lights on several fleets. The issue with strobes is if the drivers operate the strobe lights all the time, drivers become unaware of their operation.

Multiple and variously placed brake lights (high and low) in conjunction with strobe lights that activate ONLY when brake lights are applied, as used in transit fleets / school buses, seems to provide an improvement. 

Besides utilizing emergency lighting or additional lighting, have you addressed the prevention of rear end collisions in a different manner?

Route planning can improve this situation, especially time of day route planning. 

I am interested to know if there are drivers who seem to have rear impacts more often due to driving habits.

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Hi, I’m responding on behalf of Director of Fleet Service, PPhinney, who wrote:

“We use flashing L.E.D. s in the brake systems and it has cut down on some of the rear endings.”

I’m responding on behalf of Fleet Manager, DDeVries, who wrote:

“We use amber strobes on our fleet of utility equipment. We're also re-examining additional high visibility decals. 

One of the best successes we've experienced is education about placement of the vehicles, and placement of early warning equipment e.g. safety cones, if a vehicle will be working in a location for a pro-longed period.”

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I’m responding on behalf of Safety Manager, Lsonsteng, who wrote:

“1) Do you use emergency lights on your vehicles? Yes
a) Which vehicle types do you use them on? Public transit and buses
b) What types of lights? 4-way-flashers as our safety indicators.

I believe other warning devices should be used and oddity in this scenario is that our rear-end collision mostly happen after we've been stopped for more than a sufficient amount of time for other motorist to adjust to avoid."

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I’m responding on behalf of Fleet Compliance Manager, FWashburn, who wrote:

1) Do you use emergency lights on your vehicles? Yes

a) Which vehicle types do you use them on? Waste vehicles.

b) What types of lights? Waste vehicles had the tail end of our trucks painted bright yellow, use LED and strobe lights, extra conspicuity tape, run flashers, yet careless drivers still run into us.

2) Do you utilize any type of safety lights on your vehicles 100% of the time when the vehicle is in operation? If yes, what type (MARS, LED Strobes, etc.)? 

When on route the flashers and strobe light as well as extra conspicuity tape. Newer trucks have LED. We don't have light bars -that takes a special permit. Most of our collisions are other people running into our rear while stopped servicing houses.

4) Besides utilizing emergency lighting or additional lighting, have you addressed the prevention of rear end collisions in a different manner?

We train drivers to watch for inattentive drivers"

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I'm responding on behalf of fleet manager, DDeVries who wrote,

"We only use the strobes when we're in a work situation. As a utility once we're stopped for the work type, the strobes are active 100% regardless of nature of work. Therefore our lline trucks have the strobes on as soon as the stop at a work site. Our meter readers are doing a slow stop and go to different houses they would have their strobes activated, but not on the drive to the location they will be working in.

We aren't currently using LED brake lights as a special requirement. If it's a standard feature on the vehicles we're ordering we're taking them. It's not an area I've really looked into, but will do so now. "