1977-02-01

The Truck Stabilizer A Means of Preventing Roll-Over During Braking and Handling Test Situations 770892

With the advent of increased Government demands to upgrade truck brake standards, there is hardly a proving ground in the country which has not experienced either a truck rollover or a near accident resulting from the required brake performance tests. From the standpoint of driver safety, the usual approach has been to install rollover bars so should an accident occur, the driver has an improved chance of survival.
This paper describes an alternative in which a stabilizer is secured behind the test vehicle and is triggered by the truck yawing more than a preset amount. On being triggered the stabilizer acts automatically to correct the potentially dangerous yaw and bring the truck back to the straight ahead condition.

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