APR 27, 2015

Why road markings are so important

Drive a vehicle on any public road and you’ll notice a variety of markings helping to control the flow and movement of traffic.  No doubt you spot these markings but do you really appreciate them?  

Pay more attention in the future and you might just realise, without visible markings our highways would be far more dangerous.  

Road Markings:

  • Provide clear instructions
  • Separate traffic
  • Improve safety for pedestrians
  • Mark out cycle and bus lanes
  • Help motorists monitor their speed

Giving clear instructions

Paint markers on the road and drivers instantly know which lane they should be in. Markers are clearly visible to travelling traffic. They keep lines of traffic separate, highlight junctions, define the entrance and exits to major highways, and generally assist drivers by providing clear instructions.

Dividing traffic

White lines help to separate traffic. Paint a single or double white line down the middle of a road and depending on the country you are driving in you either stick to the left or move over to the right, staying in lane and letting the lines guide you along the road.   

Improving safety for pedestrians

Lines aren’t just useful for motorists they’re handy for foot traffic as well. Used in built up centres they outline areas where it’s safe for pedestrians to cross the road, helping to reduce the number of accidents and incidents involving pedestrians.

Creating cycle and bus lanes

Road markings can be used to create special types of lanes such as bicycle or bus lanes. The permanent markers are often accompanied by signs on posts, clearly showing the lane limitations.

Speed monitoring

Special types of markings can be painted directly to the surface of the road. These could be speed markers for example, that show motorists the maximum speed they should be travelling. 

Thanks to road markings our highways are safer to travel on and here at Blastrite we supply a wide range of marking media and paints for all type of applications. 

Created on 27th April 2015
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