While it may lack the twists and turns of the test tracks used by Porsche and Ferrari, Liberty Mutual’s “skid pan” at its Research Institute for Safety still sees a lot of stomach-churning driving—and the three-acre automotive test area employs a lot of serious science to help make roads safer for everyone.

For the insurer’s numerous commercial-fleet customers, the test track is the home of the in-vehicle training segment of the Liberty Mutual Decision Driving Program. Thousands of truck drivers—and at least one insurance reporter—have learned safer driving habits on this specially built track.


While the skid pan lends itself to many uses, one of the most important is demonstrating to clients—in an unforgettable fashion—just how important anti-lock brakes can be in preventing commercial-vehicle accidents—and the six-figure (or higher) claims that accompany them.

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