How Can Flexible Plastic Bollards Prevent Car Accidents?
Driving a car today is fraught with danger, there are so many things to distract your driving, and it’s easy to lose focus. Some drivers become overconfident, others are dealing with smartphones, and other gadgets and driving standards drop. Add into this mix a carload of kids, and you have a recipe for a car accident. Improving driver awareness is a critical factor in preventing a car accident, and flexible plastic bollards can really help.
How Important is Driver Awareness?
A 2012 study conducted in America found that distracted driving caused 3,300 fatalities and 421,000 injuries. These figures included driving on the street and accidents that occurred in parking areas. Prevention is always better than the cure, and this old adage is well suited to driving awareness. It’s essential to try wherever possible to prevent the accident from occurring in the first place. In many cases, clear visual markers have been shown to improve driver awareness. However, some methods are more effective than others; a simple sign is not as effective on its own. Providing more visual cues in the form of bollards can work extremely well, and it’s a great way to reinforce other traffic management strategies that have been put in place.
What is a Flexible Bollard?
When most people think about bollards, they probably envisage a line of static metal bollards. However, bollards are available in a wide variety of materials and styles to suit different needs. Broadly speaking, there are two main types of bollard: no-impact resistant and impact resistant. The impact resistant bollard is fixed in place and designed to bend or crack when hit by a vehicle. A non-impact bollard is also known as a flexible bollard, and it’s designed to fold flat when hit.
Why Choose a Flexible Bollard?
If a bollard cannot stop a moving vehicle, why would anyone choose to use it? This is a common question, and it’s important to remember that bollards can be used in different ways. A flexible bollard is not designed to restrict or direct vehicle movement by using physical strength. The primary reason to use a flexible bollard is to provide a highly visible indicator to improve driver awareness.
These bollards are a good fit for high traffic areas where speeds are relatively low. They are a great way to keep drivers away from pedestrian areas and to direct the flow of traffic. If a driver hits a bollard, it will make a loud noise and scrape under the car causing them to stop. The bollards will usually be covered in reflective markings, so they are easy to spot in low light or night time conditions.
A temporary traffic cone could be used to delineate a driving lane on a temporary basis. However, a flexible bollard is a more robust option, and it will be able to withstand repeated impacts. This makes them an ideal long term option in conjunction with traffic stripes and signage.