VIDEO: NEW plastic road signs ‘will save bikers lives’


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 this video, showing the incredible difference between steel and plastic in the event of an accident.

DEKRA Crash Animation – Kurvenleittafel from DEKRA on Vimeo.

As you can see, 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 poles plastic 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.

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