Guide to Traffic Mirrors
Different Types of Traffic Mirror
• Outdoor Security Convex Mirror - An ideal safety to help reduce blind spots, hidden entrances, exits and junctions. A great benefit to use in areas with restricted visibility or blind spots. Our stainless-steel safety mirrors are ideal for all indoor/outdoor applications and are engineered to withstand extreme conditions without compromising on the reflective properties. A convex shape is a shape that curves or bulges outwards. This convex shape of the mirror maximises the reflection to see a greater space.
• Traffic Safety Mirror - Designed to reduce the risk of accidents. Ideal for road junctions with restricted visibility usually found in bus stations, driveway exits, car parks and confined spaces. The mirrors are easy to install with each mirror including wall or pole brackets. Our traffic safety mirrors are extremely weather resistant, with galvanized rust resistant brackets and low maintenance making them ideal for external use.
Another feature of the traffic mirror or road mirror to take into consideration when deciding what traffic mirror is right for you is the material the mirror is made of, there are 4 materials:
• Stainless Steel – Mirrors made from stainless steel should last forever and has no corrosive parts. Provides a sharp and clear image with no distortion. Contrary to popular belief, Stainless steel is not totally “rust free” and high levels of salt in the air near the sea will stain the surface although this can be cleaned to remove permanent damage.
• Polymir - Very thin and lightweight, yet virtually unbreakable, with a 3 year guarantee.
• Polycarbonate – Approximately 200 times stronger than glass, almost unbreakable so ideal for vandal-prone areas, with a 12 month guarantee. Image clarity will reduce with weathering.
• Acrylic - Approximately 10 times stronger than glass, but not unbreakable, with a 12 month guarantee. Image clarity will reduce with weathering and a high salt content will speed this process.
Who Needs a Traffic Mirror?
A traffic mirror or road mirror is an ideal, economical solution for anyone who want to remove blind spots at corners, junctions, blind intersections, on driveways and other accident-prone locations.
Turning a blind corner is one of the most common causes of road accidents as people are unaware of the dangers of leaving a driveway exit, however slow they may be reversing. Accidents caused by a blind spot could be with other motor vehicles and can be even worse when the driveway exit accident involves pedestrians on the pavement. A traffic mirror or road mirror dramatically enhances visibility and ensures that the risk of accidents of this nature are reduced.
A traffic mirror can be used wherever blind corners are a hazard to traffic such as commercial or private driveway exits, turnings, street corners where visibility is restricted. While primarily used to increase traffic safety, a traffic mirror can be used for any purposes that involve the need to look around a corner whether that is in an outdoor setting or an indoor setting. They are often used to assist parking or maneuvering in restricted spaces with trucks and fork lift trucks.
The size of mirror is related to the viewing distance required to view the hazard in the blind spot. If the mirror position to see around the corner is close to the viewer then the diameter can be reduced to (320mm) but where the mirror needs to be placed further away, for example on the other side of the road, then a large diameter mirror is needed (800mm). The size of the object needs to be clear to the viewer otherwise the risk of collision remains.
Benefits of Having a Traffic Mirror
• Safely handle situations where blind spot corners pose hazards.
• High visibility mirror ideal for driveways, car parks or anywhere traffic visibility could be a problem.
• Due to the durability of the materials used, a traffic mirror or road mirror is a cost-efficient solution to increase road safety.
• Traffic mirrors can also be useful as a security mirror within an establishment as it increases overall visibility.
• Enhanced traffic flow, due to the increased visibility there becomes a reduction in unnecessary congestion and inconvenience.
How to Install a Traffic Mirror
Traffic mirrors are installed by mounting them directly onto existing structures, such as walls or fence-posts, or by installing an appropriate supporting pole. Ideally, the traffic mirror should be installed at eye level to avoid drivers straining their eyesight.
Most models are supplied with suitable mounting brackets and it must always be ensured that the mirrors are firmly secured to withstand the rigours of our weather, especially high winds.
While you do not need permission to install a traffic mirror on your own property, if mounted on public lampposts you may be requested to take it down so is not recommended. There is also a risk of electrocution if mounting the mirror onto a live lamppost is attempted.