27th July 2011
Scheme set up to improve UK road signs
Car insurance policyholders could be made safer when getting behind the wheel of their vehicle if road signs in the UK were improved.
This is the view of Michiel van Ratingen of Euro NCAP, who believes that roadside signals on single carriageways are in particular need of enhancement.
As a result, Euro NCAP has partnered with the European Road Assessment Programme to create the Roads that Cars Can Read scheme.
Within the document, it was noted that work is needed to be undertaken to make the two safety technologies of Lane Support and Speed Alert react better.
Mr van Ratingen explained: "The roadsides of Europe are littered with flowers and shrines. More than a quarter of road deaths involve running off the road, Lane Support gives the driver a warning that's as physical as hitting a rumble strip."
The expert went on to say that the Speed Alert device "protects the drivers from missing a speed sign", if allowed to work properly.
Such a device could also help bring down the 18,000 times that a motorist will commit a speeding offence over their lifetime, according to research conducted by Gocompare.com and released by Brake.
Posted by Victor Onuohae
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