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JAN 27, 2014

White lines save lives

We kind of take road markings for granted as modern motorists, trundle along the highway and you expect clear and visible markings to guide the way. What happens at night though? Road markings become harder to spot, unless they are reflective lines that contain glass beads. This blog looks at the effectiveness of white lines today and highlights the importance of new ‘retro- reflectivity’ media for road safety.

Why use white lines?

Can you imagine a highway without white lines, a road that was totally devoid of any controlling measures? It’d be carnage to drive on a busy road without any kind of guidance, or lane control system. White lines help to keep traffic orderly, they show you where you should be, which lane you should be travelling in and which lanes you should be avoided. There’s a need for white lines, they maintain order for moving traffic and are an important contribution to road safety.

Why choose white?

Road markings should be clear and visible, especially at night when visibility is reduced. White is brighter, headlights pick it out easier, it reflects light back to the driver of the vehicle.  White lines are easy to spot during the day and they offer greater luminance at night as well.

Can they be improved?

White lines are very effective on their own but recent improvements have enhanced the performance of road markings further. Glass beads are now being added to road media to enhance the visibility of white lines further. Drive along a road that is lined with reflective white lines and the luminosity of the lines is multiplied. The tiny microspheres of beads provide retro-reflectivity at night and enhance the durability of the road markings too. They last longer, stand out more and improve road safety in general which can only be a good thing.  

Stay safe on the road and remember to look out for those white lines.

Created on 27th January 2014
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