The performance of road markings depends mostly on the properties of its materials. What may appear great to the eye won’t always hold up under real conditions. Anti-skid or non-slip markings have a variety of uses. Should you take advantage of them each time you paint a road? Or are there special cases when you need to apply them? Let’s take a closer look.
What Are Anti-Skid Road Markings?
Non-slip markings give the road surface a high level of skid resistance. These lines improve driver and pedestrian safety in areas where collisions are either common or have a high risk of occurring.
Anti-skid markings get their properties from a number of components which together increase the surface’s friction. This paint also maintains its texture longer than untreated asphalt pavement, even when the traffic is heavy.
5 Top Places To Use Anti-Skid Road Markings
High-quality anti-skid markings are often more expensive than regular road paint because anti-skid paint doesn’t offer just safety - it also lasts longer and withstands tougher conditions, demonstrating an impressive ROI.
In order to save money and use non-slip paint only when necessary, let’s go over these top “hot” spots.
1. Sharp Bends
Sharp bends are some of the most dangerous places on the road, especially when the weather is wet. Anti-skid markings can reduce the number of accidents at such curves. A driver feels the increase of friction when driving over anti-skid paint and automatically focuses more attention on the road.
2. Unregulated Junctions
Even when junctions are regulated by traffic lights, many accidents happen due to lack of driver attention. Insufficiently marked roundabouts are even more hazardous. Anti-skid paint can save a driver from straying out of their lane or inadvertently placing other road users in danger.
3. Pedestrian Crossings
When the weather is wet and slippery, the danger of pedestrians falling in the middle of the road is high. Anti-skid paint doesn’t just keep the drivers’ speed down, it can help pedestrians cross the road safely by preventing falls.
4. Traffic Lights
Anti-skid paint at the traffic lights is an extra reminder for a driver to stop. It also helps avoid the unfortunate consequences of panic breaking in wet weather, by providing greater traction with the road surface.
5. School Zones
Just as with pedestrian crossings, using anti-slip paint in school zones can prevent slips, falls, and accidents. The same is true for bus lanes and cycle routes.
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At Wilson & Scott, we specialise in non-slip markings for roads, car parks, school playgrounds and public areas. We care for our clients’ requirements and budget so our experts always offer the best possible solutions. If you have any questions about our products or services, please call 01753 671 600 today.