Freightliner Trucks says high-visibility seat belts are now a factory-installed option on Cascadia, Columbia, Century Class S/T and Business Class M2 trucks. Such belts mean that fleet managers and law enforcement officers can quickly see whether drivers are wearing their seat belts, but they’re said to be comfortable enough to encourage consistent use.
Manufactured by LifeGuard Technologies, the bright orange belts include comfort features such as ‘Komfort Latch’, which relieves tension so the belt doesn’t rub the driver’s shoulder while driving; and the ‘Sliding Komfort Latch’, which automates that process while safely setting the belt’s slack to approximately one inch.
Freightliner says safety statistics show that drivers who wear their seat belts are nearly twice as likely to survive an accident.
The ‘Click, Tug & Snug’ driver safety campaign developed by LifeGuard aims to increase driver awareness of proper seat belt usage, with specific instructions on how to make the belt more comfortable. Freightliner Trucks customers can request a free training kit at the LifeGuard Technologies website (see URL below).
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