Where to Install Convex Traffic Safety Mirrors

Convex traffic safety mirrors are a common sight on British roads, especially in rural, countryside areas where roads can be very narrow. Carefully installed convex mirrors benefit road safety by enabling drivers to effectively see around corners.

Here are some basic guideline on where the installation of convex traffic safety mirrors can be useful.

Convex Traffic Safety Mirrors

Driveways and Narrow Entrances

As noted, you see many convex traffic safety mirrors mounted on posts opposite driveways and property entrances in the countryside. Our winding countryside roads often have an upper speed limits of 60mph so it can be very dangerous to exit from a driveway onto a road without a clear view of any approaching traffic. And in order to gain a clear view of the road drivers need to partially exit from their driveway far enough into the road to see what might be coming.

Pulling out from a driveway onto a road without having a clear view of what might be approaching is clearly a massive risk to both the driver and other road users. Carefully installing one or more convex mirrors opposite the drive entrance provides drivers with a clear view of the road without the need to put themselves and others at risk of pulling out into the path of oncoming traffic.

Garages, Drives and Parking Areas.

Many people exploit the usefulness of convex traffic mirrors in their homes by installing them in areas where they aid parking and collision avoidance. Getting into and out of narrow garage entrances can be less of a headache with the aid of convex parking mirrors. And if a property is shared with other vehicles some carefully installed convex mirrors can help drivers avoid bumping into each other.
Road Junctions and Intersections

Convex traffic safety mirrors mounted at road junctions help drivers see traffic approaching from various directions. Exiting from narrow side roads onto busier roads is made much safer with the aid of convex traffic mirrors. Considerately located convex mirrors can eliminate blind spots and help avoid what can be disastrous collisions.

Car Parks

Parking in busy car parks with extremely narrow parking bays is very challenging. Not only must drivers be capable of manoeuvring their vehicles into very small parking spaces, without scratching neighbouring cars, they must also contend with pedestrians who might be pushing trolleys laden with groceries or other shopping.

Convex traffic safety mirrors in car parks help drivers by improving visibility and they can also help pedestrians to see whether vehicles are approaching. As people are increasingly driving electric vehicles that are quieter the extra visibility provided by convex safety mirrors is invaluable.

Industrial Estates

Industrial estates are often very busy with many commercial vehicles of all shapes and sizes coming and going. The potential for collisions to occur is very high, especially if there are blind spots and junctions where visibility is poor.

Carefully located convex traffic safety mirrors help commercial drivers to see what’s approaching and avoid running into them. These mirrors can also help pedestrians remain safe on a busy industrial estate.

Warehouses and Factories

Warehouses, factories and industrial sites are often high traffic environments in which platform trucks, trolleys and forklifts are busily engaged in moving things around. Forklift operators often need to contend with reduced visibility due to the size of the loads they are carrying and there may be many other people on foot and using other forms of material handling equipment.

Convex Warehouse and Industrial Mirrors

The potential for collisions to occur in these busy environments is very high. Installing convex safety mirrors in locations where they enable staff to see what’s approaching is a massive boon to safety in these environments.

Pedestrian Underpasses, Walkways and Crossings

Pedestrian walkways and underpasses, in towns and cities as well as train stations, can be frightening to some people who fear what they might encounter around the corner. Carefully located convex mirrors enable people to see what’s in the underpass or walkway before they turn the corner, providing them with reassurance.

Locations where the paths of motorised traffic and pedestrians intersect and cross one another can be made much safer for users by installing convex traffic safety mirrors. School car parking areas, public parks and public facilities can often be made safer by installing convex mirrors.

How to Install Convex Traffic Safety Mirrors

Installing convex traffic safety mirrors is clearly very beneficial in a multitude of situations. But there are some important installation considerations to bare in mind.

One of the first things that must be considered is the type of convex mirror and its suitability for an outdoor road safety application. A glass convex mirror mounted on the roadside where it might be knocked and broken by traffic is clearly a bad idea. So, as a general rule, a convex road safety mirror should be robust and ideally unbreakable. Stainless steel convex mirrors are a popular choice but acrylic road safety mirrors are also an affordable option.

Another important consideration is mirror visibility. Ideally a roadside traffic safety mirror should be highly visible and not concealed in roadside foliage. Some unbreakable acrylic traffic safety mirrors feature high visibility frames that help the mirror stand out to drivers.

The mirror location is another important consideration. It isn’t legal to simply mount one of these mirrors wherever you like. Local planning restrictions must be consulted and the owner of the land on which the mirror is to be mounted must have provided their permission.

The mirror size is another important factor. Circular convex road safety mirrors tend to be available in sizes from around 300mm diameter up to around 1 metre diameter. You can also find rectangular acrylic convex safety mirrors that can be just right for many applications.

The mirror size is an important factor influencing the maximum viewing distance. For example, a 400mm circular convex traffic safety mirror may have a maximum viewing distance of around 5m whereas an 800mm diameter mirror can be viewed from up to 20m away. When determining the optimum location for a traffic safety mirror this is an important consideration.

Mirror height and angle are important installation considerations. The convex mirror should be installed at an optimum height to be viewed by drivers or those who need to see what’s coming. The angle of the mirror should be optimised to provide the greatest field of view without risk of reflecting the sun’s rays directly into the eyes of drivers.

Road safety convex mirrors must always be robustly installed and mounted securely, following the manufacturers instructions. Mirrors installed outside need to withstand the rigours of winter which means they must withstand wind, rain, ice and snow. They must be robustly attached to their support poles, not be obscured by growing vegetation and mustn’t come into contact with traffic on the road (such as heavily laden agricultural vehicles).

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