Traffic lessons alert children for silent electric car
Traffic specialists in the Netherlands are worried about the danger of silent electric cars on the road. “With their soundless movements people are unable to recognize the danger of a car approaching from behind”, says Rob Stomphorst of Safe Traffic in the Netherlands (Veilig Verkeer Nederland).
On January 1st of this year almost 120.000 electric cars were driving around on the Dutch roads, according to figures of the central office for statistics (Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek). Total fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles in 2017 went up with 9%.
“In our traffic lessons at schools we draw attention to the ‘noiseless danger’ of the electric car. We hope it will help to avoid accidents”, Stomphorts says. Mobility organization ANWB is providing traffic education at schools too. For the youngest children they have sound fragments for them to learn to recognize the noise of a car, a bicycle, a motorbike, a police car, a truck…, “but now we have to add an extra sound…”, jokes Henk Michels of ANWB, “…the sound of silence!”
The ANWB instructors recently did a test with primary school children. They had to stand on the pavement with their back to the street. An instructor approached them with an electric car and when nearby he hooted. The children were scared to death. A perfect learning moment.”