This picture demonstrates why the RG system is effective. This pic was taken during an installation and the ruralguard post is only temporarily assembled. The base of RG can be placed several feet further away from the road surface. This helps protect the system from a direct hit from vehicles leaving the road and reduces the direct hit from flying items such as ice or snow from a snow plows clearing the road. Then add the ability to sway away and you get the best system available!