Emergency triangles have an expiration date. The General Directorate of Traffic, within its road traffic reform plan, is implementing changes to reduce road accidents and deaths.
Starting in 2026, warning triangles that are used in the event of an accident will be banned. The reason is that when a driver places this device on the shoulder, which to this day is still mandatory if the alternative imposed by the DGT is not used, it can cause another incident.
From July 1, 2021, the new device can already be used: V16 lights. Next, we explain what it consists of and we present you the best selection to equip your vehicles to always be safe in the event of an accident.
V16 light: How to know if it is homologated?
According to him State official newsletter, this emergency signal is “designed to remain stable on a flat surface, not moving against an air stream that exerts a dynamic pressure of 180 Pa, in the most unfavorable direction for its stability”. This yellow device will be placed in the highest part of the vehicle “guaranteeing its maximum visibility”.
Regarding the light intensity, “it must be in degree 0, between 40 and 80 effective candela, and in degrees ± 8, a minimum of 25 candela. In both cases, this intensity will be maintained for at least 30 minutes ”.
The battery of this device will be through “a cell or battery that must guarantee its use after 18 months”. The BOE clarifies that “it will be considered that devices that use a rechargeable battery and provided that it can be charged in the vehicle itself meet this requirement.”
The most important aspect is the geolocation of the car that is stationary. “This device will communicate, in any case, its activation, deactivation and geopositioning.”
The information on the location of the crashed vehicle “will be sent every 100 seconds and will stop being sent once the deactivation information has been sent.”
How do I use the V16 emergency light?
It is recommended that the emergency light be stored in the glove compartment, which will allow it to be easily retrieved in an accident or breakdown. Turn on the device and place it on the roof of the vehicle, be it a car or a motorcycle.
In two colors: iWotto
The iWotto device is authorized by the General Directorate of Traffic and is available in two colors: yellow and orange, although the lights of both are yellow, according to DGT regulations.
It’s fast and easy to use. The vehicle, in an accident, will be marked in just 8 seconds. The powerful fixing magnets anti-slip They allow the V-16 light not to fall off the roof of the car.
It offers 2.5 hours of autonomy and its power supply is 3 AAA batteries, which are included. The emergency light can be used in all types of vehicles, be it a passenger car, a van, a bicycle, a truck or a motorcycle.
How to use? Take the device from the glove box, turn it on by pressing the button located in the center and place it on the ceiling by the magnet side. The vehicle will be visible from all sides in the event of an accident or breakdown.
Pack: Help Flash
The signaling equipment consists of an emergency light, a beacon flashing and a flashlight. Products that will be essential in the event of an accident and a battery.
The Help Flash V-16 light is 360º with 5 hours of autonomy. Connects without the need for switches or cables. The device ignites through contact with metal from the roof of the vehicle, either a car or a van.
Double click: NK
Unlike previous products, the NK model is turned on by pressing the button on the bottom of the device twice. You just have to remove it from the glove compartment, press twice and place it where you want so that your vehicle is marked.
The product is certified by the DGT and is waterproof. It can be used while in rain, humidity or snow situations. It includes a base with a powerful Neodymium magnet for easy use.
It can be purchased individually, in a pack of two or four devices. If you have multiple vehicles, equip them with the hazard light that will take effect for years to come!
Battery indicator: Goodyear
Goodyear emergency lights are built to be used in the harshest weather conditions like rain, dust, and wind. They are homologated and authorized by the General Directorate of Traffic and have a battery indicator with four modes so that you always know if you have to replace the battery.
It is visible from more than 1 kilometer away in 360º. This device offers up to 5 hours of autonomy. You need a 9V 6LR61 battery.
Further distance: Ryme Automotive
The model, authorized by the DGT, offers a great visibility of up to 2 kilometers with its powerful LEDs that can even be used in rain or fog. It has a rechargeable lithium battery with autonomy of up to 4 hours.
Magnetic surface with base anti-slip It has a magnet for easy use and can be attached to the roof of the vehicle.
The size of this emergency light, 70 x 55 millimeters, makes it one of the smallest beacons. It is easy to store in the glove compartment.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.