Less splash, AAA asks

| 10/29/2003

The American Automobile Association wants the trucking industry to improve highway safety by accelerating the retirement of older tractor-trailers that produce visibility-limiting splash and spray on wet roads.

AAA said a study by its Foundation for Traffic Safety found the spray or splashes from heavy trucks cuts visibility for many drivers.

Aftermarket items such as fender, brush or flap systems do not significantly reduce spray, but newer models of tractor-trailers with improved aerodynamics significantly reduce the amount of water sprayed, the study found.