Traffic cones play an important part in regulating traffic. They also have multiple uses in many other indoor as well as outdoor tasks. The applications of cones include:

• Road management

• Redirecting vehicles

• Warning incoming traffic of dangerous conditions ahead.

• Cones are used to redirect flow traffic on motorways or dual carriage-ways ahead of several kilometers to show hazard going on in an area.

Early History

Traffic cones are also called bollards. First invented by Charles P Rudebaker in 1915, the early day version of Traffic cones was hard concrete or semi permanent installations. Later on flexible modern cones made of Thermoplastics or High grade rubber compounds came up. These days cones have a two-tier design with a tough rubber composite prominent at the base top.


Cones or bollards are used to block an area for specific reasons or unspecified reasons by the authorities. It conveys an overt message or sign; ‘Warning! Do not Proceed or Enter” without a specific road sign.

Bollards tell us where construction is on and where one can go or cannot go.

Traffic cones give warning to drivers and allow a gradual change in the flow of the vehicles providing a safety buffer for the workers and allows rapid evasion if the line of cones are breached.

Private citizens can also use them for other uses like teaching driving, parallel parking, building a small obstacle course, or even for marking off places.

Orange cone is the most sought after one. It is made of high grade PVC and full flexibility as well as rugged durability is assured. Its cone needs no maintenance; its color does not fade or crack. The high visibility is a plus and provides the user with ultimate conversion of light.

Where to Buy?

Traffic cones are easy to find and not at all expensive to buy. Go to hardware stores to buy traffic cones as they sell road cones of all variety. While buying traffic cones vital parameters have to be satisfied such as fluorescence, fade-resistance in color, high-density, tensile strength; tear strength, heat resistance and stackability. Reflective collared models can be used for night time.

Transport cones come in several sizes and configurations of height, width and color. Road Cones have to meet basic regulations and stipulations such as retro-reflective covering. It has been shown in various studies that high quality materials and innovative fabrication will produce traffic cones that are highly reflective than the ones made of injection-molded.

To ensure brand protection, there is a trend of doing an inner stenciling on the inner layer of PVC than a stencil and paint on the outside. This inner stencil is hard to erase as it is inside the cone and the company logo is put there.

Road Signs

While cones pre-empt hazardous traffic road signs are equally important as they provide information on road safety signs such as intersection control, traffic direction, speed control, individuals control and protection of pedestrians.

Article originally published at Source by Rahul Dev Kumar