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

Below you can watch a video from the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Facebook page that shows how this technology reduces the severity of crashes. 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 happens.

 MnDOT Video Shows What Happens When Minnesotans Crash Into Steel Cables

You've no doubt seen the steel cables as you drive up and down Minnesota highways and you've probably wondered if they are really strong enough to stop a vehicle.

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The science behind the steel cables is really cool.


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

High-tension cable median barriers consist of four steel cables mounted on metal posts. When a vehicle hits the barrier, the posts break and the cables flex, absorbing much of a crash’s kinetic energy. The cables redirect the vehicle along the median, preventing a cross-median crash and reducing the severity of the crash.

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

Keep your eyes open on your next road-trip and you'll probably notice even more safety innovations that are put in place to protect you and your family.

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