Invented and developed by a truck driver with over 10 years experience on the road and around New York City, the Giraffe G4 is a system that addresses the overhead hazard problems that face a trucker everyday. Hazards such as unmarked and mismarked bridges, railroad trestles, roads where asphalt has been added and the signs havenʼt been adjusted, low hanging tree limbs and building awnings that arenʼt marked at all.
Using the latest in waterproof sound technology the GiraffeG4 collision alert system gives the driver a chance to measure the hazard heʼs about to pass under. If itʼs too low for the trailers height, the driver can back out and choose another route, avoiding the damage to the trailer and the object the trailer is about to hit. Even small damage to the integrity of a trailer or refrigerated trailer can cost thousands of dollars to fix, to say nothing about the traffic violations that pile up when a trailer is stuck and holding up traffic.
The driver controls the unit, with a programmable read-out in the cab. If the driver is swapping boxes throughout the day, say from a 12”6” to a 13ʼ6”, the driver adjusts the height of the new trailer during his pre trip routine, and off he goes. The bottom line is that the GiraffeG4 is an inexpensive, sturdy, insurance policy that will save trucking companies and independent operators money.
Here’s what a professional has to say:
I have been in the heavy haul trucking business for over 29 years. In that time, hauling over dimensional loads has become more difficult. The states issues permits which require you to run a strict route. Getting off route is extremely risky, but it happens. The states routes are also risky in that they don’t always put you on the correct route. On the bottom of every permit it states that the “accuracy of the permit is the drivers responsibility” This put us, the drivers, totally responsible.
There have been numerous times that had I not had the GiraffeG4 System in my truck to verify a bridge clearance, there may have been a bridge strike and a major claim. Knowing exactly how high a structure truly is has its own peace of mind. The ability to know that you can dump the air and clear a bridge on route versus calling 911 and waiting to explain how the route won’t work, the lost time and delay costs justifies this unit at twice the price. Pulling into a truck stop and wondering if the canopy over the fuel island is high enough to pull through is a time savings, not to mention the additional wear and tear on the equipment. This unit saved me personally the first time I used it. Escorts can use this unit to give an accurate survey, takes the “estimated guess work” out of the route. Saves time and miles, all comes back to your time and money in additional miles.
This product is a great tool to have, and should be in every escort vehicle. It should be required equipment, it is in our trucks!
Mitchell Putz – American Transport, Inc.