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Guard Rail Safety Feature

Have you ever noticed a highway guard rail with a cap on the end like this? It's not just for looks! Read an explanation of what happens when a car hits a guard rail with and without an end cap. Beware that there are pictures of what happens when a guard rail does not have the safety cap. When I read things like this, I have more and more respect for civil engineers. Link

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My Dad was a highway engineer 40 years ago and he always told me when I was learning to drive that guard rails are NOT designed to save you or your car, but to keep you from bouncing back into innocent traffic.

"You're on your own, son...."
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I prefer the old school sloping ones that go into the ground. The old way, your vehicle is not impaled....but your vehicle may flip over.
Six of one they say.
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