Keep Roadside Traffic Safety Mirrors Clean to Maintain Visibility

We’ve previously described how convex, roadside traffic safety mirrors are helping to prevent many traffic collisions every day of the week. And many people are noticing how more and more people are recognising the safety benefits provided by installing traffic safety mirrors at tricky junctions and opposite their driveways.

But its important to recognise that these road safety mirrors require some routine maintenance – especially cleaning.

Convex Traffic Safety Mirrors – Improving Safety at Countryside Junction

Traffic Safety Mirrors in the Countryside

Roadside traffic safety mirrors are particularly popular in the countryside where roads are often flanked by high hedges, embankments, trees and foliage. Bends, corners, junctions and driveway entrances can be very hazardous due to poor visibility which is why many people are installing convex traffic safety mirrors.

Convex Mirrors – Enabling Drivers to See What’s Coming at Dangerous Junction

The image above shows a pair of convex traffic safety mirrors mounted next to a sign-post at a narrow junction where a side road leads to a reservoir and a few residential properties. The road on which these mirrors are mounted is used by large, commercial vehicles from a nearby transportation depot along with farm traffic and can sometimes be busy. Drivers, joining the main road from the side road, can’t see the oncoming traffic due to a bend in the road and obstacles. This pair of carefully located convex traffic safety mirrors, each with glare-reducing visors, enable drivers to see what’s coming in both directions. The mirrors also enables drivers on the larger road to see if there’s a vehicle at the junction.

Convex Traffic Safety Mirror – Opposite Driveway on Main Road

The image above shows another convex mirror mounted on the roadside directly opposite a household driveway. This is on a busy main road through a village in a largely agricultural area, surrounded by farms.

Mud on the Roads

Roadside traffic safety mirrors must contend with our weather along with the dirt and detritus distributed by passing traffic. In the countryside this traffic includes both large commercial vehicles and tractors. These working vehicles bring a lot of dirt onto the roads, especially at busy times of the year when farm operations are at their peak.

Mud on a Busy Main Road – From Local Farm Traffic

As can be seen in the image above, the road surface is clearly very muddy and the mirror is quite grimy. Inevitably, a build up of mud and crud on a roadside traffic mirror inhibits visibility and can make the mirror almost useless.

A build up of grime on roadside traffic safety mirrors isn’t only a problem in the countryside, it happens to all mirrors wherever they are located – which is why they need to be routinely inspected and cleaned.

Convex Traffic Safety Mirror Cleaning Guide

If you have any driveway safety mirrors or rely on traffic safety mirrors at junctions, such as those shown here, its important to keep them clean. Mirrors are quite easy to clean, as long as they can be reached safely.

Before cleaning a mirror its important to know what the mirror is made of. Most of today’s road safety mirrors are made from either acrylic, polycarbonate or stainless steel. In all cases, never use any form of abrasive cleaner as this will scratch the surface and adversely affect reflections.

All traffic safety mirrors can be safely cleaned using soap, water and a clean, soft, lint free cloth. Solvents should not be used on acrylic or polycarbonate mirrors.

But normal roadside dirt, grime and mud can be easily cleaned off using just soap, water and a clean, lint free cloth. During busy, wet periods of the year when tractors are distributing mud throughout the countryside road system, it may be necessary to frequently clean roadside mirrors to maintain usability.

Keeping Convex Traffic Safety Mirrors Clean – Top Tips

  • Regularly inspect and clean roadside traffic safety mirrors. Don’t let the crud build up.
  • Deal with any graffiti immediately.
  • Never use abrasives to clean mirrors.
  • Never use solvents on acrylic or polycarbonate mirrors.
  • Traffic safety mirrors can generally be cleaned using soap, water and a clean, lint free cloth.
  • Always be aware of traffic when cleaning roadside mirrors.

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