Volvo Safety

The leaders in traffic safety

Safety is in Volvo Trucks' DNA

Of all of their brand attributes, safety is the one most strongly associated with Volvo Trucks. They take a holistic approach to safety, ensuring all road users are taken into consideration.

Volvo are the leaders in traffic safety, looking at safety from a range of different perspectives inside and outside the truck. It is this approach that enables them to create safety systems that go beyond what is required - It is their vision that no Volvo Truck is to be involved in an accident. 

The new Volvo Heavy Duty Range

Improving safety for all road users

The new Volvo Heavy Duty range comes packed with advanced safety technologies which, when combined with the right driver behavior, can help Volvo (and you), get one step closer to their vision of zero accidents. 

Volvo Trucks Heavy Duty Range

The new cab of the Volvo FM and Volvo FMX has a number of improvements in driver visibility, which can be further improved by adding a passenger corner camera that gives a complementary view of the side of the truck on the optional 9-inch side display. The Volvo FH and Volvo FH16 can also come with the passenger corner camera as well as adaptive high beam headlights.

Standard on all trucks within the new product range is the Electronically controlled Brake System (EBS), which is a prerequisite for safety features such as Collision Warning with Emergency Brake and Electronic Stability Control. Safety is further improved by the road sign recognition system that is able to detect road signs such as overtaking restrictions, road type and speed limits.

Support systems like Collision Warning with Emergency Brake and Volvo Dynamic Steering with Stability Assist and Lane Keeping Assist offer a helping hand in situations that could otherwise have been disastrous. They’re not there for comfort, they’re safety functions that step in to correct and keep you within your intended margins.

Through Dynafleet Safety, you can identify improvement potentials. If an accident should occur, you’re sitting in what could be the most protective cab in the transport industry. One that exceeds legal safety requirements. You’re well guarded.

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Active safety technology

Designed to prevent accidents

Volvo’s active safety initiatives are designed to avoid the errors that cause around 90% of all traffic accidents. These are designed to ensure the drivers see more and that they are kept comfortable and focused. Volvo equip their trucks with systems and technology that take safety to the next level.

Adaptive High Beam

The system improves safety for all road users by automatically disabling selected segments of the LED high beam when the truck approaches oncoming traffic or another vehicle from behind without reducing light in other areas.

Efficient Brakes

Volvo’s Electronic Braking System creates smooth brake interactions, shorter stopping distances, and better stability and road-holding.

Stability Support

If your truck to skid or rollover, the Electronic Stability Control counteracts lateral forces to set things right.

All-round Visibility

Lots of glass, powerful windscreen wipers, redesigned rearview mirrors and more to help you see more, and stay safe.

Maximum Drivability

I-Shift is an intelligent transmission system that takes the work out of changing gear, so you can concentrate on the road.

Intelligent Tech

Adaptive Cruise Control manages your proximity to the vehicle in front, while the Hill Start Aid helps you take off uphill safely.

Passive safety technology

Reducing injury on our roads

Unfortunately, accidents do and can happen – so Volvo’s passive safety initiatives focus on minimising the risk of injury when they do. As a result, Volvo concentrate on building trucks that give the driver, passengers and other road users as much protection as possible.

Night Mode

Instantly switch off all unnecessary dashboard backlights with the press of a button. The result is less glare in the driver’s field of vision, and fewer distractions from reflections in the windscreen and side mirrors.

Front Under-Run Protection System

In a front-on collision with a car, this crumple zone retracts 200 millimetres to protect the passenger compartment, driver and passengers inside.

Driver Support

The Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning is an intelligent driver support system that uses radar to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead and alert the drivers to a collision risk.

Stretch Brake

This automatically retards the trailer and straightens up the rig on slippery downhill stretches, significantly reducing the risk of jack-knifing.

Energy Absorbing Cab

If the truck rolls over or experiences a head-on collision, the reinforced cab transfers energy backwards, maintaining a vital survival space inside.

Driver Airbag

Volvo’s advanced airbag design stops the driver from hitting the steering wheel, dashboard and windscreen in a serious frontal collision.

The world's safest Volvo Truck

Volvo FH16 live collision footage

On the open road in the Pilbara, an in-cabin camera captured live footage of Volvo’s safety features in action.

It records the moment a Volvo FH16 60 metre Quad Road-Train truck, travelling at 85 km/h, collides head on with a detached trailer from a road-train travelling in the opposite direction.

The driver demonstrated exceptional professionalism and respect for other road users by alerting other operators by radio of the impending danger they were approaching, including the detached trailer.

The driver stayed alert and was able to walk away from the incident with Zero Harm.

Saving lives for more than 50 years

Dedicated to safety innovation

Volvo Trucks has long been the industry leader when it comes to passive safety. In 1959, Volvo introduced the three point seatbelt and today, it is standard throughout the automotive industry.

Around half of all fatalities involving trucks could be avoided with the use of a seatbelt. It’s vital that every new generation of drivers understands how important this invention it is. 

Volvo established their Accident Research Team in 1969 and have ensured that they have been at the frontline of safety ever since, pioneering innovations that prevent accidents and reduce injuries for not only the driver, but everyone.