Increase your safety margins
The construction industry is all about tough challenges, especially for drivers. It may be the time pressure or the construction site environment, with narrow spaces to contend with when the truck is reversing to deliver its load, or soft and muddy areas to negotiate without getting stuck. Then there’s the other traffic to worry about, too. Through all of this safety is a paramount concern.
The new Scania XT construction range fulfils legal safety requirements. These include upgraded versions of the AEB (automatic emergency brake) and LDW (lane departure warning) that work on this type of vehicle, where sensors help the vehicle brake for traffic ahead, or warn if the truck is heading towards another lane or off the road.
Since construction vehicles are driven both on ordinary roads and in challenging conditions, it is important to make suitable adjustments for reaching optimum performance, no matter where.
High visibility in demanding terrain
One of the biggest advantages of XT is the improved visibility from the driver’s seat. This means that when the truck runs from the gravel pit or from work in a demanding terrain to deliver its load to a construction site, it is going to an environment that in many cases is not adapted to such vehicles. That usually means poor visibility, but in XT’s case it is different, as Andersson explains:
“We have lowered the dashboard and the lowest points of the side windows. Reshaped the mirrors and A-pillar and moved the driving position forward and closer to the side door, to improve the direct vision of the driver.
Scania has long worked with security systems like cameras to adapt vehicles to different environments where people, cars and transports must share the same space. “A lot of the time between loading and unloading are spent on busy or urban roads, which is something we need to consider.”
In case of an accident
To further enhance safety, a side curtain roll over airbag is now also available, a feature that is triggered when there’s risk for the vehicle to roll over due to a combination of speed and tilt angle.
The side curtain roll-over airbag is an especially important option for those who are tipping material or where the centre of gravity is high at standstill. Mixers are another application that benefit from this feature, where the centre of gravity is high at speed.
“On the whole, the driver will experience a more spacious cab that is ergonomic and safe in all aspects,” says Andersson.
With the range of safety features and reliability in XT, Scania’s construction customers can be confident that it will take them between destinations in a timely fashion – quickly, safely and profitably.