SAFE AND SMOOTH
When compared to other pavement types asphalt roads provide the most traction for motorists making them safer to drive on. This is because of the variety of course and fine aggregate going into the mix causing more friction between the road and the tire. This friction is why a majority of NASCAR tracks are asphalt pavement. Asphalt mixes are continually being evaluated and worked on by industry engineers to provide the safest roads possible. Additionally, because asphalt is permeable, rainwater can go through the top layer and drain out to the side of the road, eliminating 95% of spray and splash and greatly decreasing the odds of a car hydroplaning.
Easier ON MOTORISTS
For drivers and other road users surface smoothness is important. Asphalt pavements are the smoothest choice, delivering user satisfaction and high performance. Smooth roads are safer roads because rough, uneven surfaces increase driver fatigue and diminish control. Asphalt’s smoothness increases fuel-efficiency by up to 5% and decreases vehicle wear and tear, saving drivers money.
The Quiet OPTION
Asphalt is known as the quiet pavement thanks to its reduction in tire noise levels by 7 decibels. Reducing noise by just 3 decibels is the equivalent of doubling the distance from road to listener, so asphalt pavement is quadrupling that distance. With this level of noise reduction residential areas may skip building expensive and unsightly noise walls thanks to asphalt pavement.
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