GATING CRASH CUSHIONS VS. MOTORIST SAFETY

John ThomasCrash Cushions

There is a place for every type of crash cushion, but using a GATING system can expose motorists to danger in Severe Use applications and at the leading-edge of work zones where impact frequency is higher. A plastic water-filled crash cushion or sand-filled barrel array that doesn’t need to be anchored might sound like the easy solution for some work … Read More

WINTER CRASH CUSHION MAINTENANCE

John ThomasCrash Cushions, Traffic Safety

When winter weather sets in, so does the risk of increased roadway accidents due slippery roads. At the same time, ice and snow can affect the impact attenuating performance of many crash cushions. Snow and ice can prevent systems with fender panels from telescoping or systems with sled mechanisms from operating properly. In winter, it is important to inspect your … Read More

WHY ARE SMALL NUISANCE HITS A BIG DEAL?

John ThomasCrash Cushions

crash cushions

Crash cushions are often placed close to traffic and at the leading edge of work zones. Whenever anything is close to traffic, it is bound to be bumped, rubbed or hit by passing motorists and even semi-trucks that misjudge turns or lane width. Small nuisance hits are a reality for all crash cushions and happen every day – sometimes several … Read More

CLOSE THE WINDOW OF VULNERABILITY

John ThomasCrash Cushions

The Time Between Crash Cushion Impact And Repair During the last 40 years, crash cushions have evolved from the early sacrificial models to systems that are repairable and resettable. Today, there are essentially four broad categories of crash cushions: Sacrificial – require replacement after impacts Repairable -require replacement cartridges/parts Resettable – reusable, but must be reset after every impact Self-Restoring … Read More