Grote Industries announced the Auxiliary Strobe and Stop Lamp. The company says that the Auxiliary Strobe and Stop Lamp serves as a solution for distracted drivers. Grote sought a waiver from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to improve safety; with the frequency of rear-end collisions rising nationally as a result of distracted driving, Grote applied for, and received, the waiver to allow motor carriers operating trailers and van body trucks to install brake-activated pulsating warning lamps to supplement the steady-burning lamps required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).
With over 300 rear-end collisions involving trailers occurring on highways each day, Grote Industries proposed that a light with brake warning functionality will improve visibility and safety for all drivers. According to a recent study, a flashing amber brake-activated light can help reduce the frequency of rear-end collisions by more than 33 percent. The waiver, FMCSA–2020–0122, was granted based in part on this compelling data.
Grote developed the Auxiliary Strobe and Stop Lamp, an add-on warning light that can be easily wired into a trailer’s existing brake light circuit, in order to bring greater visibility to trailers during the critical moments when the vehicle is braking.
The Grote Auxiliary Strobe and Stop Lamp was designed to effectively draw the attention of traffic and give following motorists greater warning of braking. To ensure that nearby drivers are aware of the vehicle’s actions, braking initiates a sequence of five amber flashes in four seconds followed by a solid-red burn. This light sequence far exceeds the attention-getting capability of standard solid-burn brake lights while not overwhelming following drivers with long periods of strobing.
“The unique advantages of Grote’s Auxiliary Strobe and Stop Lamp have gotten the attention of fleets throughout the nation,” said Mark Blackford, director of national fleet sales, Grote. “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.”
Blackford anticipates a host of benefits will result from the waiver and the adoption of the new light, both for fleets and for the driving public. Drawing attention to the actions of trailers will increase operator safety and minimize rear-end collisions, meaning less equipment and freight damage, less downtime, and fewer delayed shipments. For fleet managers, that means a better safety record, fewer CSA headaches, more money saved, and most importantly, a safer road for everyone.