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Understanding Road Works Demarcation

How to Keep Stay Safe on The Roads in 2023

In July 2022, News24 reported that there were more than 800 000 road accidents in South Africa annually. This translates to more than 2 100 crashes on our country’s roads each day. These statistics underscore just how vital it is that everyone does what they can to keep safe while travelling.

Knowing what the different kinds of road works demarcation is, is a vital part of keeping yourself and others protected.

At Venture Plastics Distributors it is important to us that we do our part towards keeping our roads as safe as possible. By providing high-quality products and imparting knowledge that we know can be useful.

This article looks at some common road works demarcations, what they communicate, and provides tips on how to stay safe on the roads.

Quick Tips to Help You Stay Safe in Your Travels

  • Stay alert.
  • Keep your distance.
  • Always use your indicators.
  • Keep your eyes on the road.
  • Avoid distractions
  • Slow down in bad weather conditions.
  • Avoid driving if you feel tired or sleepy.
  • Be confident that you know what different road works demarcations mean before you get behind the wheel
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Water Barriers

Yellow water-filled barriers are large and highly visible, even in low-light areas or at night.

In road works or construction zones, they are meant to deter drivers and pedestrians from getting close as they signal the presence of dangerous hazards. In estates, shopping malls and at boom gates, they help navigate traffic or block off reserved spaces.

By being able to identify either you can keep yourself and your family safe from hassle or potential danger.


Delineators are highly visible road works safety equipment, which helps motorists to stay on the right side of the road, especially when there is construction work going on.

The design used on delineators creates an arrow effect to point the flow of traffic in the right direction. In other instances, traffic delineators can be strategically placed at the edge of the road to help drivers avoid accidents or collisions. They can also be used as warnings for pedestrians and cyclists who need extra caution while crossing a street.

Their colour and high visibility reflective tape make it easier for drivers to see in all conditions.

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Delineator Posts (FG300)

These delineators can be used in a wide variety of scenarios. They are designed to mark the boundaries of the road in areas where visibility is low or in circumstances that impede a driver’s ability to identify where they should be driving. In some cases, they are used in areas that are known to be high accident zones.

Sometimes, traffic delineators are placed strategically at the edge of the road or at a corner where the pavement rises into a sidewalk so that drivers are aware of how much space they have in their lane and can avoid an accident or collision. In other cases, traffic delineators are lined up to create a temporary lane for drivers to navigate around roadwork or utility maintenance.

They can be found on highways as they are safe to withstand high speeds. Delineator posts are specially designed to keep you safe, so don’t be intimidated by them and use them as a reminder to stay alert.

Traffic Cones

Traffic cones are used to temporarily close a section of the road and prevent drivers from entering that area. They are also used to indicate the location of a hazard or obstruction, prevent vehicles from entering an area where work is being carried out, and sometimes simply help direct traffic.

Traffic cones come in several different colours: red for danger, yellow for warning, green for guidance and white for information.

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Solar Cone Lights

Solar cone lights usually have blinking indicators and are used in road works to warn drivers of road works in the dark.

You should always be aware of your surroundings when driving, and if you see a solar cone light, it may mean that there is work being done nearby.

Identifying Road Works Demarcation to Stay Safe

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has reported that road accidents have killed a total of 8,547 young people between the ages of 21 and 34 years on South African roads during the period 2019–2021.

This puts light on the fact that it’s vital that we as the public need to do everything we can to increase the safety of our roads.

If you use the tips above and are aware of demarcations and what their mean, you will increase your level of protection exponentially. Please keep safe as you take your journey into 2023.

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