Peterbilt has added two safety-focused options for Models 567 and 579 trucks: an alert switch and a pass-through seat.
The features were designed with input from driver groups like the Women In Trucking Association.
Located in the sleeper control panel, the alert switch is an alarm that behaves like a panic button on a car, flashing external lights and sounding alarms when activated. This feature lets drivers parked at truck stops or other locations alert others in case of an emergency.
“The alert switch is an example of Peterbilt’s commitment to driver comfort and safety,” said Wesley Slavin, on-highway marketing manager for Peterbilt. “This convenient alarm system provides drivers an extra layer of personal security.”
The pass-through seat was also introduced in response to customer input and is designed to help drivers when they are packing their vehicles. Located under the passenger seat, the storage cabinet is accessible from both the inside and outside of the cab. The pass-through seat allows drivers to load the cabinet before climbing into the cab, and unload it once they are inside the truck.
“The pass-through seat is a great convenience feature,” said Slavin. “Drivers can easily access their items from both inside and outside of the truck.”
Both options are available for order this summer.