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Pedestrian Crossing Safety Tips
Pedestrian Crossing Safety Tips

Thousands of pedestrians are killed in motor vehicle traffic accidents each year, and many thousands more are injured. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes in traffic crashes in 2017, which is more than 16 people a day.

Pedestrian safety is a top priority in cities, towns and communities across the country. From posting signs with flashing lights at crosswalks to installing speed bumps to reduce vehicle speeds in areas frequented by pedestrians and cyclists, the focus is on increasing visibility at street crossings and alerting motorists to slow down.

Rubber Curb Stops – Protect Against Damage Before It Occurs
Rubber Curb Stops – Protect Against Damage Before It Occurs

Accidents that happen in parking lots and garages are extremely common. According to the National Safety Council, more than 50,000 car crashes occur in parking lots and parking garages each year, resulting in more than 60,000 injuries.

Rubber Curb Stops Are Ideal for Commercial and Home Use
Rubber Curb Stops Are Ideal for Commercial and Home Use

Car accidents that happen in places like parking lots and driveways can do tremendous damage to curbs, sidewalks, buildings, landscaping, and other cars – even when drivers are traveling at slow speeds. One way to prevent damage before it occurs is to use rubber curb stops.

Summer Clearance Sale: Save on Curb Stops, Speed Humps and More
Summer Clearance Sale: Save on Curb Stops, Speed Humps and More

From now through Labor Day, our Clearance Sale features a range of traffic safety products – all at 50% OFF regular price. We purchased another supplier’s inventory of GNR Technologies and Checkers products – including curb stops, wall protectors and speed hump items – and we need to liquidate our stock to make room for new fall merchandise.

Roll Up Traffic Signs and Stands - a Sign of Spring
Roll Up Traffic Signs and Stands - a Sign of Spring

The return of warmer weather brings with it a proliferation of road building and repair projects, with construction crews and equipment visible along the country’s local streets and highways.

As the number of workers on roads and highways increases, the risk of crashes and fatalities also increases. The risks apply equally to drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians. It’s no surprise that a host of organizations, including the Federal Highway Administration, state Departments of Transportation and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, sponsor National Work Zone Awareness Week in early April each year.

Repairing Potholes in Roads Resulting from a Harsh Winter
Repairing Potholes in Roads Resulting from a Harsh Winter

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 overnight. Plowing and salting can worsen the condition of already deteriorated roads, and street flooding from melting snow and spring rainstorms can further stress roads. The resulting damage is more than a mere annoyance for motorists, who spend on average an extra $523 annually to repair blown tires, broken axles and battered shock absorbers, according to the national transportation research firm TRIP.

Cold Patch Asphalt Instructions Couldn't Be Simpler
Cold Patch Asphalt Instructions Couldn't Be Simpler

If left untreated, pavement cracks and potholes are likely to increase in size and cause additional damage. Patching should be done as soon as possible to prevent further problems and to allow roads, parking areas and driveways to be used safely.

Practically any do-it-yourselfer can repair a pothole using cold patch asphalt repair. The process is as simple as pouring the already-mixed material out of the bag and tamping it in the crack or pothole. Repairs require minimal work and are far less time-consuming and costly than hot mix asphalt patching.

Asphalt Hot Patch vs. Cold Patch Pothole Repair
Asphalt Hot Patch vs. Cold Patch Pothole Repair

Winter does not officially arrive until December 21, but harsh weather is already wreaking havoc on paved roads and in parking lots. Cracks and potholes caused by the annual freeze-and-thaw cycle have begun to appear, and plowing and salting will worsen the condition of already deteriorated roads as the season gets into full swing.

The resulting damage is more than just an annoyance. According to the national transportation research firm TRIP, poorly maintained roads cost motorists an average of $523 each year to repair blown tires, broken axles and battered shock absorbers.

Traffic Cones are a Multi-Purpose Safety Tool
Traffic Cones are a Multi-Purpose Safety Tool

Traffic cones are easily recognized as a common safety device worldwide. These brightly colored cones can be found almost anywhere, from construction zones and busy streets to shopping mall parking lots and athletic fields. They can even be seen indoors, along stairways and corridors where extra caution is called for.

Highly visible, durable, and portable, traffic and safety cones provide an immediate warning of potential danger. While cones are most commonly used as a traffic control device, they have become a multi-purpose safety tool that is useful in countless situations.

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.