It’s really easy to complain about traffic. It’s really easy to whine about construction. In fact. it seems like Freeman Grapevine is in the epicenter of construction central. One thing that this Dallas Buick GMC store has to try to keep in mind is that, for all of the inconvenience, our “problems” with traffic and construction are actually because improvements are being made. So that got me thinking, What are some of the GOOD things about improving the safety and conditions of our roads.
Highway safety engineers have been working overtime for years to improve both traffic flow and highway safety. Improving traffic flow contributes to safer roads as well as getting you to your destination more quickly.
Before the Interstate Highway program began very few highways were divided. Roads were one solid strip of asphalt divided only by a line painted down the middle. Learning to pass slower vehicles by moving into and back out of the on-coming lane of traffic was a very important part of driver training.
Short wooden poles, strung together by a single strand of steel cable, were all that separated drivers from the road and a deep ditch or sharp curve. The guardrails and barriers of today weren’t yet invented.
There was much less street and road lighting and some of the light bulbs were always burned out. Halogens and LEDs have been a huge improvement.
One of the big killers in the past was drivers dozing off while driving and drifting into on coming traffic or bridge supports. The addition of median dividers, crushable barricades, and road shoulder grooving has significantly reduced head on collisions.
Highway safety engineers will continue to make improvements, but we shouldn’t take all the improvements we have now for granted. Despite all the traffic, our roads and highways are built to be a lot safer for us than for our parents and grandparents.
Let’s say something good about highway and road development! Freeman Grapevine understands the need for constant highway and driving standards, do you?