Even the most experienced motorists can find navigating winding country roads difficult. That's why Victoria is testing photoluminescent line markings on regional roads.
The most effective way to build roads in rural areas is to simply follow the terrain - particularly around undulating hills where the road snakes up, down, and around the inclines.
That naturally makes the road harder to follow, especially at night.
Victoria’s Department of Transport (DoT) and the Australian Road Research Bureau (ARRB) have teamed up to test photoluminescent line markings and see how effective they are at lighting regional roads where the road is beyond the reach of headlights - or where headlights are pointing off the road due to tight curves.
The trial includes a 700-metre section of Metung Road, 1.8 kilometres of markings on the Bendigo Creek Trail shared bike and pedestrian path, and a section of the Whittlesea-Kinglake Road.
A DoT spokesperson said the trial is part of a $547 million road safety program.
"We are installing more than a thousand kilometres of new shoulder sealing and rumble strips across the state to increase safety on our roads and reduce the risk of run-off road crashes."
"As part of this significant program of works, we’re trialling photoluminescent line marking at select sites. Through the trial, we will evaluate the effectiveness of the line markings before considering future phases of the trial.”