Warning triangles are always a must for all vehicles moving on the road. It is even a law that all vehicles should have a warning triangle.
It is placed whenever a vehicle breaks down on the road to warn upcoming vehicles about vehicle breakdown.
It is recommended by some quarters that the warning triangles should be placed at about 10 meters away from the scene; other quarters recommend differently.
Am not going to deal on the issue of placement of the warning triangle, what am interested in is this: Is one warning triangle enough?
I have seen scenes where an upcoming vehicle crash onto the warning triangle and the breakdown vehicle.
In most of this situations, the drivers gives excuses like:
- I did not see the sign
- The sign was too close to the vehicle
These excuses pose questions like:
- Do we need to place a warning triangle at different intervals leading to the point of the scene? (Needing more than one warning triangle)
- Should the warning triangle be designed to be higher, to increase visibility?
- Is there a best position where to a warning triangle can be placed to avoid crashing onto it?
In Nigeria, drivers tends to be more cautious when they see tree branches with leaves lined along the road as a warning. These leaves most times are placed from distant, giving the drivers a long time to understand the risk ahead and be cautious.
Note: Only one reflective warning triangle cannot provide such intensive warning.
Does tree branches with leave serves as a better warning than the reflective warning triangle?
I need your opinion on this.
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