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Safety Standards for Guardrails

The presence of guardrails adds an important level of safety to highway travel. Ranging from wooden dividers to concrete barriers, each type of guardrail can serve a different purpose. However, there are a few guiding principles that govern which barriers are safest on a particular road and which material is most appropriate for a given situation.

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Required Guardrail Standards

In addition to federal recommendations, states may assess their own barrier options, determining whether a guardrail matches safety requirements. Generally, the following serve as major safety concerns in guardrail tests:

  • If the railing will harm passengers
  • If the railing will disintegrate into the vehicle upon impact
  • If the railing will rebound a vehicle back into traffic
  • If the railing will sufficiently stop a moving vehicle

In many cases, concrete barriers have been replaced by cable systems because of these safety evaluations. In several high-speed scenarios, a concrete barrier would actually bounce the wrecked vehicle back into traffic. Cable barriers, capable of stopping the vehicle without causing too much damage, often do not have the same problems, and have been employed across many major roads and highways.

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