Comparing SolarLite Road Studs to retro-reflective studs for enhanced delineation
A collection of videos promoting the visible benefits of SolarLite Road Studs compared to their retro-reflective counterparts has been released ahead of the clocks changing.
Clearview Intelligence has produced the short videos to demonstrate a comparable performance of its SolarLite Road Studs in four different limited visibility driving conditions.
Focusing on dusk, night-time, foggy and rainy conditions when the studs are most impactful, the videos show how the SolarLite alternative provides enhanced delineation resulting in visibility up to ten times further than traditional retro-reflective studs.
Wayne Stant, Strategy and Marketing Director for Clearview Intelligence, said: “At this time of year, with the darker nights and adverse weather conditions having an increasing impact on driver visibility, effective road delineation is more important than ever. But rather than try and explain the enhanced performance of the SolarLite Road Studs, it is easier and more effective to show it.
“Traditional retro-reflective studs can help delineate the road up to 90 metres ahead whereas our SolarLite Road Studs can be seen up to 900 metres away. Not only does that offer ten times more visibility but also ten times longer for drivers to react to changes in the road. This approach has been proven to increase driver confidence and reduce accidents while the studs’ longer operational lifespan provides a more cost-effective solution to road operators.”
The series of CGI videos show the performance of the SolarLite and reflective studs in four different conditions, with a split screen offering a like-for-like comparison in each scenario.
The SolarLite Road Studs have been proven to reduce night-time accidents by more than 70 percent and a recent survey following the installation of the Road Studs on the A1 in Scotland showed 78 percent of drivers felt more confident using the road at night.
Unlike retro-reflective studs, which are reliant upon the beam of a headlight, the SolarLite Road Studs harness free solar energy to maintain LED outputs all-year round. With a profile of less than 4mm above the road surface, they are safe for motorcycles and are Type Approved by the United Kingdom for Transport.
The SolarLite Road Studs have an operational lifespan of between eight and ten years, during which time performance remains consistent. This contrasts with traditional retro-reflectors, which may begin to deteriorate after six months and could require replacing or upgrading after only 18 months. This not only reduces the cost effectiveness but increases disruption to drivers brought about through increased maintenance and exposure of installation teams to the risks of working in the highway.
To view more videos and find out more visit the Clearview Intelligence website.