When you’re tooling down the road, you may notice some of the safety measures city and state governments use to help decrease traffic incidents and fatalities. They are often placed in dangerous and accident-prone areas, such as exits off of interstates and winding mountain roads. If you aren’t used to seeing them, you might forget that they’re there, until you meet one due to a crash. Do these measures work? Explore the list of the three most often utilized crash mitigators.
If you’ve ever wound your way through a mountain pass or traversed a particularly narrow highway, you have likely seen these silver railings lining the roads. A highway service company usually places these at parts of the street where drivers may either face a plunge if they go too far or in the middle of opposing lanes of traffic where no median exists. The hope is that the guardrail placed here will provide a barrier between cars that may otherwise wind up in a deadly head-on collision.
When traveling an interstate, you may notice brightly colored plastic barrels filling the triangle leading up to an exit. Do you know their purpose? Those barrels are filled with sand and are meant to act as a barricade between vehicles exiting and the concrete. If drivers don’t make the exit, instead of going right into the triangle and getting into a fatal accident, drivers instead hit the barrels. Crashing into these is not a soft place to land by any means, but it beats meeting the concrete head on.
3. Concrete Walls
Concrete walls are used as barricades in spaces where a more robust and consistent safety measure is required. At large interchanges, lining overpasses and splitting single lanes into downtown areas, the concrete barricade is the least giving of all the safety measures. Crashing into it may still cause severe damage and injury, but it might stop one vehicle from hitting another.
Traffic control measures are necessary, especially given the increasing vehicles on the roadways. It’s a good idea to keep a close eye out for these safety features since it usually means the road conditions warrant them.