When on the road, do you ever notice those shiny colorful strips of lines on the sides of trucks? You know, the ones that are neatly arranged into lines, sometimes solid, sometimes broken and seemingly randomly placed all over trailers and other parts of large trucks?
These brightly colored lines are not just there for decoration, they actually serve an important function, namely to aide in traffic safety. You may also have noticed these markings seem to glow in the dark; that’s because they’re made from reflective tape.
Reflective tape has one purpose – to increase the visibility of any object, surface or area in any light level and weather condition. In fact, reflective markings have found use in applications as varied as in vehicle warning systems and safety vests. On the road, these lines guide motorists, like you, to make road navigation smooth and easy. They even help prevent accidents by setting boundaries on other vehicles that move at dangerous speeds.
So you might ask, do reflective tapes really work? (more…)