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Types of Traffic Cones and When to Use Them
Types of Traffic Cones and When to Use Them

Orange traffic cones are a familiar sight on highways and city streets across the country. While it’s impossible to know the exact number, by some estimates there are roughly 140 million traffic cones in use worldwide.

They divide lanes in construction zones, provide direction around short-duration road maintenance and utility work, and warn drivers of unseen hazards such as potholes and raised manhole covers. They are also seen in parking lots, on athletic fields, and even indoors in areas where extra caution is needed.

Traffic cones are designed to be highly visible and easily movable. They come in various sizes and many different colors, with orange, yellow, and red being the most popular choices due to their brightness. Some versions can be topped with signs or connected with bars or chains.

Solar-Powered Traffic Signs Improve Safety and Save Energy
Solar-Powered Traffic Signs Improve Safety and Save Energy

The trend towards being more environmentally friendly in terms of the products and services we use can be seen in the way towns, cities and local governments are using renewable energy to improve safety on our roads and highways. Solar energy is becoming a popular option to power everything from traffic lights to stop signs, providing better overall visibility and saving money – and the planet – in the process.  

The obvious advantage of using solar powered traffic signs is they do not use fossil fuel energy. Solar is less polluting than coal, oil or natural gas, making it a more environmentally friend source of energy. Solar powered signs wherever there is sunlight, and the power is harnessed and stored in each sign’s battery so it continues to work all year long.

Barricades Help Ensure Public Safety at Outdoor Events
Barricades Help Ensure Public Safety at Outdoor Events

Planning large-scale events can be quite a challenge. Organizers must manage an endless list of responsibilities and details to ensure that everything goes smoothly, from permitting, concessions and entertainment to recruiting volunteers, parking and attendee safety. The larger the event, the more important it is to ensure that crowd control measures are in place. The easier it is for pedestrians and vehicles to navigate in and out of the event, the less likely accidents are to occur.

Counties and municipalities are often responsible for ensuring public safety at the many parades, festivals and other activities that take place in their communities. When events impact driver and/or pedestrian traffic routes, maps should be created that clearly delineate street closures and detours, and local businesses and residents need to be notified of any street closures affecting them well in advance.

A wide variety of crowd control and traffic safety products are available to help ensure that events are safe and enjoyable for all involved. Traffic barricades can be used to define boundaries, restrict access to specific areas and make street closures obvious for visitors on foot and in vehicles, making them a vital part of any plan to keep event participants safe.

Campus Traffic Safety: Choosing the Right Products to Protect Pedestrians, Cyclists and Drivers
Campus Traffic Safety: Choosing the Right Products to Protect Pedestrians, Cyclists and Drivers

College campuses across the country come alive in the spring. The warm weather brings students and faculty outdoors, while end-of-the-school-year activities attract large numbers of families and visitors. With the resulting increase in walking and biking as well as vehicular traffic, the risks for campus roadway users are perhaps greater than at any other time of year. Since pedestrians and bicyclists are particularly vulnerable to traffic injuries, improving their safety is a high priority for facilities managers at colleges and universities both large and small.

College Campuses Pose Safety Risks for All Roadway Users
College Campuses Pose Safety Risks for All Roadway Users

College and university campuses are bustling environments filled with students, faculty and visitors on the move. Travel safety on campus is always a top concern for school administrators, and with the number of end-of-semester activities, athletic events and graduations taking place this time of year, it is especially important for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers to do their part to help reduce risks.

Why Traffic Sign Maintenance is a Must
Why Traffic Sign Maintenance is a Must

Traffic signs are a vital element of the massive transportation network that crisscrosses the country. Whether posted on highways or back roads, in suburban neighborhoods or city streets, these signs communicate rules, warnings, directions and other information that is essential for drivers and pedestrians.

Ensuring that these signs are well maintained is a major safety concern, and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issues detailed guidelines for the local maintenance of signs and sign supports. In the wake of damage caused by winter weather and snowplowing operations, maintenance crews will be making it a priority to repair and replace signs now that spring has arrived.

Improve Work Zone Safety with Easy-to-Install Temporary Overlay Markers
Improve Work Zone Safety with Easy-to-Install Temporary Overlay Markers

Springtime typically signals the start of highway construction projects and road repair work as well. Roadway work zones are hazardous for motorists who have to navigate lane and speed changes and the complex array of signs and markers. The workers who build, repair and maintain our streets, bridges and highways are also at risk.

To improve the safety of drivers and workers and reduce the risk of accidents, it is imperative that work zones are well marked and that signage and pavement markings are highly visible.

Now's the Time for Repairing Winter Road Damage
Now's the Time for Repairing Winter Road Damage

Spring is the season for repair and recovery when it comes to America’s roadways. Warmer temperatures and longer days are a welcome relief, but the harsh winter weather often takes a heavy toll on paved roads and parking lots.

Cracks and potholes caused by the freeze/thaw cycle seem to appear over night. Plowing and salting can worsen the condition of already deteriorated roads, and street flooding from melting snow and spring rainstorms can further stress roads.

Without regular maintenance to keep pavement, shoulders and drainage facilities in good condition, roadways can rapidly fall into disrepair.

Roll-Up Traffic Signs and Stands: Easy to Use, Transport and Store
Roll-Up Traffic Signs and Stands: Easy to Use, Transport and Store

Construction zones have become a familiar sight on highways and in cities and towns across the country. These work zones are often hazardous for motorists and pedestrians trying to navigate them and for the workers who build, repair, and maintain our streets, bridges, and buildings. When construction or work sites have potentially dangerous conditions, it is important to alert motorists and pedestrians who are traveling nearby. Traffic signs are a vital tool for preventing accidents and injury, as well as ensuring the safety of the crews working in these hazardous, fast-paced environments.

Reflective Road Markers Improve Visibility and Driver Safety
Reflective Road Markers Improve Visibility and Driver Safety

For many of us, getting behind the wheel of a car is arguably the riskiest thing we do each day. And while the media is focused on the dangers of distracted driving, the truth is there are numerous factors that can increase or decrease the likelihood of getting into an accident.

More Accidents Happen After Dark
When it comes to driver safety, the time of day plays an important role. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study found that most accidents occur between 6 and 9 p.m. This is due in part to hazards that are compounded at night. According to statistics, instances of drunk driving and speeding increase significantly after dark, and fatigue, inclement weather, and diminished vision also can make it more dangerous to be on the road at night.