Turning back the clocks at the end of Daylight Savings Time means the sun goes down earlier and the days seem much shorter. Fewer hours of daylight also can mean more risks for drivers and pedestrians, as their ability to see clearly declines. Studies examining the impact of Daylight Savings Time show that driver performance deteriorates under poor lighting conditions due to issues like diminished reaction times and the ability to judge stopping distances.
Reduced visibility can increase the chance of accidents, make rush hour that much more treacherous and exacerbate drowsy driving. The risk of sharing the road with an impaired driver increases after dark as well, when people are more likely to be leaving restaurants and bars.
Traffic Safety Lighting Products Enhance Visibility
Traffic safety lighting can improve visibility in situations ranging from rural roadways and dangerous intersections to temporary work zones. Research in the U.S. and across the globe continues to examine the link between improved lighting and the incidence of traffic accidents. For example, visibility improvements from roadway intersection lighting in Minnesota correlated with an approximately 12% lower night-to-day crash ratio than unlighted intersections.
From reflective traffic cones and safety vests to solar-powered STOP signs and barrier lights, Traffic Safety Direct offers a wide range of traffic safety lighting products that can enhance visibility and make roadways, work zones and intersections safer for all.
Illuminated Street Signs Promote Greater Safety
Whether they are used at crosswalks or intersections, illuminated signs help promote greater safety for both pedestrians and motor vehicle operators. For instance, solar powered LED signs with flashing lights increase the range of visibility day and night compared to typical street signs.
Traffic Safety Direct offers solar LED STOP signs that are simple to install and MUTCD compliant forretro-reflectivity and illumination. Our 24-inch STOP sign, featuring bright blinking lights and 3M engineer grade prismatic reflective sheeting, can been seen from 2,500 feet. This enhanced safety sign option is also energy efficient and versatile. The rechargeable battery and mountable solar panel allow for installation wherever there is sunlight.
Our Solar LED Pedestrian Crossing Sign alerts motorists that pedestrians are using the crosswalk. Its bright blinking lights increase visibility at dangerous intersections, in shopping centers and parking lots, and anywhere there is a high volume of foot traffic.
Reflective Traffic Cones are Ideal for Low-Light Conditions
Traffic cones provide direction and warn drivers and pedestrians of hard-to-see hazards. To be considered an approved device for guiding traffic, cones must meet requirements for height, color and luminance set by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
For nighttime use, traffic cones must be retroreflectorized or equipped with lighting devices for maximum visibility. Cones measuring 28 to 36 inches must have two white reflector bands that measure 6 and 4 inches wide. Non-reflective spaces in between cannot exceed three inches.
Traffic Safety Direct’s traffic cones meet FHWA requirements, making them ideal for traffic and pedestrian safety and hazard marking. For example, our 28-inch reflective traffic cones come with 3M Scotchlite Reflective stripes to increase driver and pedestrian visibility in low-light or nighttime conditions.
High Visibility Safety Apparel Protects Workers
Wearing reflective apparel will increase the safety and well being of authorized workers by reducing the risk of their not being readily seen. Whether you are selecting safety apparel for construction crews, school crossing guards or public safety volunteers, High-Visibility Safety Apparel is the wisest choice. You can be assured the items meet the requirements set by the American National Standard for High-Visibility Apparel (ISEA). Traffic Safety Direct carries a large assortment of Reflective Safety Vests, Jackets, and Pants.