In the wintertime, anti-skid road markings are put to the test. It’s the time of the year when their efficiency matters immensely. In the snow, the skid distance of a vehicle increases by over 100%. That’s where anti-skid coating comes in.
Adverse weather conditions affect the durability of anti-skid. It’s important to learn how to maintain such surfacing. To keep the road safer in winter, you can follow these simple tips.
1. Prepare In Advance
You can keep your winter maintenance for road surfacing to a minimum if you take care of the repairs and proper coating in advance. If you haven’t done this already for winter 2019 you’ve missed the boat, but it doesn’t hurt to prepare for next winter by repairing damage after the cold weather passes. Don’t let small potholes worsen season after season.
The quicker the repair work is carried out, the faster you can apply new anti-skid road markings and allow them to dry. Using cold-lay asphalt concrete can reduce the amount of time spent on crack and pothole repair since it’s specifically designed to be used all year round. Applying a base primer can increase the durability of anti-skid surface preventing further damage.
Additionally, checking the road surface for cracks and potholes in the autumn can reduce the number of accidents in the winter tremendously.
2. Inspect The Roads On A Regular Basis
Even if you’ve done the maintenance in advance, winter is the time when road surfacing problems can occur unexpectedly. Anti-skid surfacing should be checked regularly in order to ensure its efficiency. In case the road markings stop providing proper skid-resistance, it’s important to repaint the surface as soon as possible. After repainting the road, it must be measured for skid-resistance.
3. Take A Careful Approach To Repainting
While ideally, you shouldn’t paint the asphalt when the temperatures are below about 10°C, winter repair works may be unavoidable. In order to ensure the quality and durability of anti-skid road surfacing, it’s important to choose the driest and warmest days for the job. It’s also a good idea to discuss weather conditions with your contractor. You can get recommendations about any special approaches required for winter paint application.
4. Keep Roads Free Of Ice & Snow
Anti-skid surfacing does its job only if the surface is kept clear. For the roads in the UK, it means timely removal of snow and ice and spraying with grit when necessary. While the grit and salt used to de-ice the roads may slightly damage the anti-skid road markings over time, they still make the road safer for drivers. Use machinery to sweep roads of accumulated grit and salt so it doesn’t corrode the asphalt.
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At Wilson & Scott we provide all-year-round anti-skid road maintenance. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our specialists today.