Around the world, it’s quite evident how extensive and complex the transportation system is. It’s true that minor and major roadways play a major role in the transport system. But without proper traffic management implemented, it would pose big problems to the economy, the society, and to the lives of people.
Admit it or not, getting stuck in traffic is pretty much irritating especially when you have to get to work on time. It is part of the traffic controller’s work to ensure that proper traffic management is effectively and efficiently applied for the benefit of all road users. In addition, getting involved in a vehicular collision accident because of another driver is terrible as well. That is why the Federal Highway Administration made sure that proper traffic control devices and road surface markings are placed in suitable places for all motorists to see.
The Delineator Posts
One of the widely used road surface markings in the world is the delineator posts. Road users will typically see this surface marking in one-way and two-lane roads. With its reflective panel that helps in increasing road visibility, it is proven to be one of the most useful traffic control and road surface markings to be placed on minor and major roadways.
Delineator Posts, What is its Main Use?
Just like any other road surface markings, delineator posts are specially designed to inform, guide, and aid all passing vehicle drivers of the right alignment of the roadway. With the help of the delineator posts placed in centerlines and roadsides, drivers are able to identify the road’s alignment properly to avoid driving accidents. As there are many incidents involving road users drive to their destination despite the harsh weather conditions and low visibility. The reflective materials of this post helps in alerting the drivers on the right lane to drive.
Modern day delineator posts are made of flexible plastic tubes deemed to be very beneficial and cost-effective. Even with drivers mistakenly running over these posts while driving, it doesn’t get broken because of its flexibility feature. In some states, this post is mounted on metal posts about 4 feet high or so. Depending on the road situation, this road marking can be placed a few distances from each other to efficiently guide passing motorists of the proper road alignment.
If you look at some of these posts right now in the road, you will notice that there are different colors of the reflective material used. Reflective materials with the color yellow are usually placed on the left of the roadway while white delineator posts are on the right side of the lane. The color difference is mainly to help in differentiating the opposite directions.
The Visibility Factor of the Delineator Post
Like many traffic control devices placed on the road, this post serves its purpose by being visible to all road users. Even from a distance of 1000 meters, pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicle drivers should be able to see the delineator posts lined up to guide them on the right direction and alignment of the road. This prevents any cars from running off the road and crashing, and causing lives.