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Motor Coach Safety Innovations Prevent Passenger Injury

Updated on: 2/26/2019

Motor coach manufacturers are always researching and redesigning vehicles to prevent serious injury and fatality resulting from bus accidents colliding with stationary objects such as a tree, pole, guardrail, or another vehicle. They enhance protection through a variety of technologies, improving the management crash energy, so that is does not affect the passengers.

These large vehicles are designed to protect passengers in a crash through compartmentalization, meaning that seatbacks are engineered to reduce injuries to passengers creating a “reverse airbag.” Meaning that soft cushion seat-back in front of each passenger protects the passenger by creating a “cocoon of safety.”

Unseen Safety Innovations Safeguarding Passengers

Modern motor coaches have:
  • All-wheel disc brakes for short stopping distances
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Hydraulic retarders that allow drivers to use an additional braking system when going down steep incline
  • Advanced air-ride suspension systems are often thought of as a passenger comfort feature, but they provide a safety benefit as well by maintaining coach stability during tight cornering maneuvers
  • Coaches also have a third axle to enhance braking, load distribution and stability.
  • Coaches can also be equipped with advanced fire suppression systems and Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS),which help reduce the risk of blow-out.
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