• Short Summary

    AN ARTICULATED LORRY DEMONSTRATED IN LONDON TODAY (WEDNESDAY) HOW IT COULD BE A LETHAL DANGER ON THE ROAD, AND HOW THE DANGER COULD BE AVOIDED A NEW SAFETY DEVICE.

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    AN ARTICULATED LORRY DEMONSTRATED IN LONDON TODAY (WEDNESDAY) HOW IT COULD BE A LETHAL DANGER ON THE ROAD, AND HOW THE DANGER COULD BE AVOIDED A NEW SAFETY DEVICE.

    THE ARTICULATED LORRIES THAT ARE BEING MORE AND MORE COMMONLY USED ARE MADE UP OF A DRIVING UNIT AND A SEPARATE TRAILER UNIT. SUDDEN BREAKING, OR WET AND ICY ROADS, CAN SEND THE TRAILER UNIT SKIDDING ROUND BEHIND THE CAB IN AN EFFECT KNOWN AS JACK-KNIFING.

    A JACK-KNIFE CAN SEND THE TRAILER UNIT SCYTHING ACROSS A BUSY ROAD, SMASHING ANYTHING OR ANYONE IN ITS PATH. THE BRITISH SAFETY COUNCIL REPORTS ON A NUMBER OF GRUESOME ACCIDENTS THAT HAVE COST THE LIVES OF THE DRIVERS OF ARTICULATED LORRIES, AND OF OTHER ROAD USERS.

    BUT THE COUNCIL ALSO REPORTS ON A NEW SAFETY DEVICE THAT ALMOST COMPLETELY ELIMINATES THE DANGER OF JACK-KNIFING. THE DESIGNER OF THE NEW EQUIPMENT DECIDED THAT THE DANGER LAY IN THE KING-PIN BETWEEN THE TWO UNITS OF THE ARTICULATED LORRY. SO HE BUILT A UNIT THAT HAS A DAMPENING EFFECT ON THE KING-PIN MOVEMENT EVERY TIME THE DRIVER USES HIS BRAKES.

    POLICE OFFICERS WATCHING THE DEMONSTRATION TODAY SAW HOW EFFECTIVE THE DEVICE COULD BE. AN ARTICULATED TRUCK WAS DELIBERATELY ALLOWED TO JACK-KNIFE. THEN THE SAME TRUCK, BUT WITH THE DEVICE OPERATING, CAME TO A SAFE STOP IN PRECISELY THE SAME CONDITIONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1J0OO7CUS46UT8RFLMV76TKRG
    Media URN:
    VLVA1J0OO7CUS46UT8RFLMV76TKRG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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