How to use traffic cones correctly

Update: 2021/04/08

Traffic cones, sometimes called road cones, witches' ha […]

Traffic cones, sometimes called road cones, witches' hats, pylons, street cones, highway cones or simply cones, are typically rectangular shaped markers that are placed on footpaths or roads to temporarily divert traffic in an orderly fashion. They're used by pedestrians and motorists alike as a means of indicating the path of travel and for easy reporting of accidents which may occur. It is essential that they are used properly to reduce injuries. They allow for greater visibility to motorists driving behind you, and they help avoid unnecessary collisions. Read on for more information on how to use traffic cones properly.

Before you're able to legally drive through an intersection, you must have traffic cones in place. These are typically yellow in color. If there are red cones in place, drivers must stop before they can enter the intersection. Usually these intersections will have green arrows which provide motorists with a guide as to the proper way to cross. If you're unsure as to what this means, it is safe to assume you're not looking at traffic cones for the correct information.

You should always use traffic cones wherever you travel. This reduces the chances of accidents occurring due to lack of visible lines in the road. It's important to note however, that these devices do NOT mark out boundaries or legal limitations. It is your responsibility to pay attention to the markings on the road and remain within them. If you don't, you run the risk of being charged with driving under the influence (DUI).

It is also important to keep in mind that the size of the traffic device you're using plays a significant factor in determining the time it will take to stop. At higher speeds, they are more effective in slowing traffic down but they are unable to slow the vehicle to the speed of an intersection. At lower speeds, they can act as a safety barrier at intersections where cars cannot wait. The time it takes to stop varies based on the make and model of vehicle you are driving. Speeding laws vary from one state to the next.

Traffic Cones are usually installed just ahead of the vehicle in front of you. They are designed to protect you from falling if you come to a sudden stop. By using them when you need to, they can help prevent serious injuries due to falling on the hood of your car. If you're on a busy street, you may not have time to stop to slide into them or pay attention to them. This is especially true if you're driving to an intersection where it is possible to get hit by multiple vehicles.

Using traffic cones wisely can mean the difference between life and death. Remember however, that they aren't just for helping you avoid accidents and speeding tickets. With a little bit of common sense, they can also be a safety feature at intersections. Some of these models have lights which allow motorists to see them. Others are designed to guide people out of the way of oncoming traffic. No matter what type of cones you choose, making sure you use them safely can save your life someday.

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