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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.

DOT Reflective Tape Placement on Large Truck Trailers
DOT Reflective Tape Placement on Large Truck Trailers

The regulation from the Department of Transportation (DOT) on conspicuity material referred to as DOT C2 states that each trailer  of 80 or more inches overall width, and with a GVWR over 10,000 lbs. must have retro-reflective sheeting, such as reflective tape. (trailer designation comes with some additional stipulations such as date of manufacturing, etc)

All vehicles sold in the United States have factory equipped and legally required devices helping them to be visible in low light and inclement weather. However, the objective is to increase safety records of large trucks by ensuring the location and size of the trailer of large trucks is clearly seen.

How to Increase Safety for Large Trucks with Conspicuity Tape
How to Increase Safety for Large Trucks with Conspicuity Tape

As Americans, we are driving more because of lower gas prices and a better economy. Unfortunately, the number of vehicle related deaths in 2016 increased 6% compared to 2015 and 14% over 2014. These statistics are according to the NSC Motor Vehicle Fatality Estimates prepared by the Statistics Department National Safety Council

There are many different types of vehicles on the roads together. We may have preconceived notions about the  contribution large trucks have on these unfortunate vehicle safety statistics. But, as "Truck Driving Accidents – Causes, Fatalities, Statistics and Costs" states

"Each year there are thousands of truck accidents, leading to injuries and fatalities, expensive insurance claims and lengthy traffic jams as wreckage is cleared. It is easy to make assumptions about truck driving accidents, and a common assumption is that the truck owner operators are almost always at fault due to the sheer size of their vehicles. However, the statistics reveal that is not the case. What is true is that large trucks are involved in fewer accidents than other types of vehicles per 100 million miles driven, but these accidents have a higher rate of fatalities."

Helping to increase safety records of large trucks are regulations covering the conspicuity of the truck. The word "conspicuity" means that which is very obvious to the eye (like something that is conspicuous from a distance). In this case, conspicuity refers to a truck being able to draw attention to its presence. All vehicles sold in the United States come factory equipped with certain legally-required devices helping them be conspicuous to some degree. However, the purpose of making a truck conspicuous is more than just enhancing its visibility. The real objective is to provide other drivers with information about the truck's size, position and other aspects of its presence.

Durable, easy to apply red and white reflective conspicuity tape helps meet this objective. When properly applied, Conspicuity Tape can reduce the risk of motorists bumping into the side or the rear of truck trailers. At nighttime and during inclement weather conditions, truck trailers are hard to see.

Conspicuity Tape is also called Reflective Tape or Reflector Tape. Federal regulations require the use of conspicuity tape on trailers, flatbeds, tankers, and the rear of truck tractors. The addition of red and white reflective conspicuity tape enhances visibility and improves safety on the road. With so much at stake, you want a tape that is easy to apply and durable.

Consicuity tape comes in different versions. One is Diamond Grade Red and White Reflective Tape. Traffic Safety Direct provides this type of tape. Reflective Conspicuity Tape from Traffic Safety Direct include 11” red and 7” white alternating stripes that are made from Diamond Grade reflective material that is 6 times brighter than conventional markings. This tape reflects at angles approaching 90 degrees with a rigid design and a pressure sensitive adhesive for easy application. Our tape is DOT certified and meets and exceeds NHTSA requirements.

The objective is to further improve the safety records of large trucks on our highways and local roads. Contact us to learn more about out Conspicuity red and white reflective tape. 

DOT Conspicuity Tape Requirements
DOT Conspicuity Tape Requirements

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has developed regulations to help ensure the visibility of large trucks during low light and inclement weather conditions. DOT C2 (S5.7.1.3(d)) is the regulation that specifies the requirements of reflective tape added to a truck's trailer to increase the trailer's conspicuity.

This regulation increases the safety records of large trucks. A truck that is over 10,000 pounds and wider than 80 inches must apply conspicuity tape to the trailer. The reflective tape must meet DOT's conspicuity tape requirements.

All vehicles sold in the United States come with factory equipped and legally required devices helping them to be visible. These devices include the factory installed headlights, parking lights and reflectors, to name just a few. However, the purpose of making a truck conspicuous is more than just enhancing its visibility. The objective is ultimately to provide other drivers with information about the truck's size, position and other aspects of its presence. DOT conspicuity reflective tape regulation greatly helps with this objective - by not just addressing the truck's visibility, but, also its conspicuity.

The DOT C2 regulation is named that because DOT (Department of Transportation) developed the regulations and the 2 in the name of the regulation specifies the minimum width in inches of the approved tape. There are more requirements regarding the construction and materials of the tape. For instance, the stripes are to be 11” red and 7” white alternating stripes. 

The Conspicuity Tape from Traffic Safety Direct meets these requirements and more.

      11” red and 7” white alternating stripes

      2” x 50-yard roll

      Made from Diamond Grade reflective material that is 6 times brighter than conventional markings

      Reflect at angles approaching 90 degrees

      Rigid design with pressure sensitive adhesive for easy application

      Vivid red and bright white colors to ensure maximum reflectivity and daytime visibility

      Extremely durable and non-corroding formulation that resists dirt, elements, aging, and common solvents for years

      DOT certified

      Meets and exceeds NHTSA requirements

      7-year limited warranty

Although this red and white reflective tape is a trucking industry staple, it is also an ideal added safety feature for Fire Trucks, EMS Vehicles, School Buses and anything that needs increased conspicuity.

Contact us to discuss the application and use of DOT Conspicuity tape. We are here to help.

Innovative Approaches to Ensure Traffic Safety
Innovative Approaches to Ensure Traffic Safety

The approach often taken to improve traffic Safety has been to increase awareness of the reasons for traffic accidents and related fatalities. This approach is then enhanced by following up with personal education on traffic safety.

But there is another approach that is being adopted. This approach is to look at the way traffic moves within our road systems of the United States. This approach does not focus solely on the individual, but, on the dynamic of our traffic flow.

Pedestrian Safety is a World-Wide Concern
Pedestrian Safety is a World-Wide Concern

Pedestrian safety is a concern throughout the world. The United Nations (UN) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) developed the UN Road Safety Collaboration. This collaboration set out in 2011 to achieve the goal of saving 5 million lives through Road Safety during the period of 2011 to 2020, referred to as the Decade of Action.

Pedestrian Safety Requires Different Solutions in Different Situations
Pedestrian Safety Requires Different Solutions in Different Situations

Maintaining pedestrian safety is a challenge in many different situations. There is pedestrian safety in neighborhoods, disaster response, construction sites and public venues to name just a few. Understanding that different situations present unique challenges is important.