Providing increased visibility through flat & structured markings
The versatility of DEGAROUTE® makes it a useful component in both flat type I markings and structured type II markings.
The majority of fatal traffic crashes occur at night, with the death rate estimated at between three and four times higher than during the day when adjusted for distance travelled.¹
Road markings get their reflective properties by the embedment of glass beads in the marking material. Glass beads have the ability to reflect incoming light of the driver´s headlight, thus making the markings visible at night.
Driving in dark conditions becomes more dangerous when it rains and impairs the visibility of the road marking dramatically. Rain can form a film of water on the marking, thus impeding the glass beads from reflecting the lights of the passing traffic. In order to solve this problem different alternatives are available:
- Use of larger glass beads (>1,0mm) for flat markings
- Profile markings
- Structure markings
Profile and structure markings based on cold plastic provide outstanding resistance to snowplows and maintain their form at high temperatures. For these reasons, cold plastic markings are becoming the preferred choice when road markings with enhanced wet-night visibility are required.
¹Boyce, P.R. Human factors in lighting. Applied Science Publishers (London). 1981