There are many tools that can prove to be essential in promoting safety and a traffic cone is one of them. They will be helpful in redirecting the flow of traffic on public roads. The best traffic cones are made from materials that will standstill on the road, but still, they need to be safe and must not cause damages to cars.
Traffic cones, however, can be used in more ways than one. Even as a private citizen, you can invest in one, but make sure that you do not use it on public roads. Doing the latter can lead to a hefty fine, depending on where you live. For private use, a traffic cone can function as a marker to determine hazardous sites and to reserve parking spaces, among other things.
Essential factors to consider about plastic traffic cone:
This is important as it will be indicative of the overall quality of the traffic cone that you will purchase. Vinyl, thermoplastic, and rubber are some of the most common. See to it that the material is strong enough so that it can last long. Otherwise, you will only end up wasting your money. It is also important that the material will not cause any significant damage to a car if it has been accidentally hit.
Traffic cones are meant to be used not only in broad daylight but even in the dark. With this, consider how visible is the cone before purchasing. Most of them have reflective stickers so that they can be easily seen. A better option is one that comes with a built-in light, which is battery-operated.
Depending on the product that you will choose, there is also an option to customize the cone depending on the intended use. For instance, there could be stencils on the surface that says No Parking or Reserved. Alternatively, you can buy traffic cones and put stickers that will mark the specific use of the cone.
The traffic cone must be able to hold up even if it is windy or when it is raining. One of the most important is to have a stable base, which will prevent the cone from tipping. It will also help if the cone is heavy, making it hard to be taken away by the wind.
Ideally, a traffic cone should be a tool that you can easily place in the trunk. With this, a portable option is one that comes with a collapsible design. Its height will be significantly minimized when not in use, which will make it space-efficient.
Different sizes of the traffic cone and their application
* 4 - 6" Cones
These shorter cones are used in athletic events, obstacle courses, and games.
* 12" Traffic Cone
Used for indoor and outdoor applications. Indoors you may see these cones used in areas like work areas in a building or slippery floors. Outdoors these cones are most often used in parking lots.
* 18" Traffic Cone
18 inches is the minimum height required for street usage. These cones are typically used outdoors in street work areas, like line painting or other areas needing delineation.
* 28" Traffic Cone, 7lb
These cones are more appropriate for non-highway applications that may include street construction areas. Traffic cones of this size and weight are sometimes called 'metro cones'.
* 28" Traffic Cone, 10lb
28 inches is the minimum height required for freeway and highway applications and the 10 lb base makes them more stable. Highway cones must include reflective striping.
* 36" Traffic Cone, 10lb
Also used in freeway and highway applications and again should include reflective striping.