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.
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.