Grote granted FMCSA waiver for flashing brake warning lamps

by Today's Trucking

MADISON, Ind. – Grote Industries has received a U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) waiver to install brake-activated pulsating warning lamps to help reduce rear-end collisions.

The pulsating lamps supplement a trailer or straight truck’s brake lights. Grote cited a study claiming the additional flashing warning lamp can reduce rear-end collisions by as much as 33%.

The new auxiliary strobe and stop lamp is now available as an add-on warning light that Grote says can be easily wired into a trailer’s existing brake light circuit.

(Image: Grote Industries)

“The unique advantages of Grote’s auxiliary strobe and stop lamp have gotten the attention of fleets throughout the nation,” said Grote’s director of national fleet sales, Mark Blackford. “Additional functionality for auxiliary lights will cut down on accidents and property damage, and will make our roadways safer. With a product like this, at the end of the day, everyone wins.”

The lamp is activated when the brake pedal is pressed, giving a series of five amber flashes in four seconds, followed by a solid red burn.

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  • Seems like an excellent approach. Have had similar lights on my motorcycle some years ago, and have a similar but manually-activated system on my current car and utility trailer. When I first put it on the road, I noticed people reacting to it 100-150 ft further back than what had been normal.

    Mission accomplished.