HOW NEW ROAD SIGNS WILL: ‘Save rid­ers’ lives’

Road­side no­tices re­designed to dis­si­pate en­ergy dur­ing a crash, re­duc­ing the like­li­hood of a rider be­ing hurt.

Motorcycle Monthly - - Front Page - Words: Ross Mow­bray

It’s taken a while, but safety boffins have fi­nally come up with a range of road signs that are spe­cially made of a type of plas­tic which breaks eas­ily and safely if crashed-into at speed.

Tests are cur­rently be­ing car­ried out in Ger­many where Euro­pean ve­hi­cle safety experts are giv­ing the new signs’ de­sign a thor­ough mo­tor­cy­cle-re­lated work­out.

Euro­pean ve­hi­cle safety experts DEKRA are tri­alling a new range of plas­tic road signs in Ger­many to min­imise the risk of in­jury for mo­tor­cy­clists in­volved in ac­ci­dents.

The ma­jor­ity of road signs are cur­rently man­u­fac­tured from steel – and as a re­sult, they can be a real haz­ard for mo­tor­cy­clists. And that’s why DEKRA is cur­rently test­ing a range of plas­tic so­lu­tions. To show the dif­fer­ence, DEKRA has re­leased a video (see stills be­low), show­ing the in­cred­i­ble dif­fer­ence be­tween steel and plas­tic in an ac­ci­dent.

As you can see – the full video is avail­able to watch on www. MoreBikes.co.uk – the crash tests per­formed by DEKRA on the new plas­tic road signs have yielded some pretty im­pres­sive re­sults. The im­pact of a mo­tor­cy­clist against a steel pole will most likely have fa­tal con­se­quences, but a col­li­sion with the new plas­tic poles would likely only cause mi­nor in­juries – be­cause the poles sim­ply break.

Some of the new signs have al­ready been in­stalled in the re­gion of Baden-Würt­tem­berg in Ger­many – and will grad­u­ally re­place the old metal in­stal­la­tions. Plus, ap­proval from the Fed­eral Min­istry of Trans­port for use of the new plas­tic road signs through­out Ger­many is pend­ing. No news yet from the UK Gov­ern­ment – but look­ing at the video, they’d be hard pressed to ig­nore the ad­van­tages.

ABOVE: With the plas­tic sig­nage the sup­port gives way eas­ily, tak­ing the brunt of the im­pact force and caus­ing much less in­jury to the rider.

ABOVE: You can see how the metal road sign doesn’t give way and causes ma­jor in­juries for the slid­ing biker.

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