During a recent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) meeting on Feb. 8, the Board reviewed the findings and probable cause related to a multi-vehicle accident near Mt. Pleasant, Pa., that involved a motorcoach in 2020. As part of their recommendations to avoid similar future crashes, the NTSB asked that ABA send out a reminder of the guidance on engine retarder applications distributed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA.
Reminder: Alert Motorcoach Drivers to Limit and Avoid Jake Brake Applications in Inclement Weather or Risk Loss of Traction
- Do not use an engine or driveshaft retarder while driving on wet, icy, or slippery roads. Doing so can cause a loss of traction and control.
- In cold weather, turn the retarder off when approaching bridge decks, on-ramps, or exit ramps.
- During slippery conditions, turn the retarder off using the master control (on/off) switch lever.
- If you experience a loss of directional control, immediately turn off the retarder.
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