The Minnesota Office of Traffic Engineering uses the latest technology to reduce critical crashes on Minnesota’s highways. They’re responsible for things like rumble strips, reducing conflict intersections, and those steel cables you see on the side of Minnesota freeways.

Below, you can watch a video from the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Facebook page that shows how this technology reduces crash severity. The footage they shared focuses on the steel cables and shows what happens when Minnesotans crash into them. It’s pretty wild to see what’s going on.

MnDOT video shows what happens when Minnesotans crash into steel cables

You’ve no doubt seen the steel cables as you travel up and down Minnesota’s freeways and have probably wondered if they’re really strong enough to stop a vehicle.

The science behind steel cables is really cool.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation explained how the cables work to protect you and me on its Facebook page.

The high voltage cable median barriers consist of four steel cables mounted on metal posts. When a vehicle hits the barrier, the posts break and the cables sag, absorbing much of the kinetic energy of an accident. The cables redirect the vehicle along the median, preventing a transverse collision and reducing the severity of the collision.

Watch the video below to see how the cables protect the driver and other motorists from serious or fatal accidents.

Keep your eyes peeled on your next road trip and you’ll likely notice even more safety innovations put in place to protect you and your family.

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