Across the entire body of the vehicle, upgrades are available to improve operations.

In the cab, vehicle trackers provide valuable information about a vehicle’s whereabouts. These help an operator plan routes and improve a driver’s performance. They can consolidate vital information to help a company comply with various regulations, saving paperwork and preventing headaches.

Camera systems help the vehicle drive safer, reducing blind spots. With London introducing its Direct Vision Standard in 2020, these will soon be vital for many trucks operating in the capital.

While the basic design and principle of a truck has changed little over the years, new technology and products have entered the market. These can be used to optimise a vehicle, making it safer, cleaner and more reliable.

Fuel filters protect the vehicle’s fuel tank, making fuel theft more difficult. Not only does fuel theft cost a company money, it can delay operations, doing irreparable damage to an operator’s reputation.

On axles and trailers, weighing systems warn a driver if a vehicle’s load has shifted, overloading a part of the truck. This makes driving and braking more difficult and, if caught, can bring down a serious fine on driver and company.

And attached to the wheels, indicators warn of impending wheel loss, preventing accidents and downtime. Central tyre inflation systems (CTIS) help even the heaviest vehicle operating on soft or uneven ground.

Across this issue of FACTS we look at all these products in depth and the benefits to bring to vehicles and fleets. Together, they can turn an ordinary HGV into a lean, mean, goods-hauling machines.