How to Set Up Traffic Cones

by Contributing Writer; Updated September 26, 2017

Traffic cones serve many purposes in regards to safety. Whether you are redirecting traffic or trying to stop entry to a specific area, properly organizing the bright orange traffic cones will help your event or work go smoother. By setting the cones up to visually send messages to drivers and pedestrians you can ensure a safe environment.

Step 1

Inspect the area you plan to block off using road cones. Visualize where the cones will be and how traffic will flow. Also visualize any workers or equipment that will be in use. Proper planning and thinking before setting up cones is always a step that will save you a lot of effort in the long run.

Step 2

Learn about the different styles and purposes of traffic cones. Traditionally, shorter cones are 18 inches tall. These are useful in slow speed situations. However, the taller 28 inch cones are helpful because they give drivers more time to react and slow down.

Step 3

Space the cones out evenly to prevent cars from crossing the line. The key to automobile traffic is to clearly make the space between cones smaller than the car itself. This sends a message to drivers that they are not intended to drive through the gaps, but around.

Step 4

Arrange your traffic cones differently for high speed merging, such as on highways where two lanes condense into one. Begin by spacing the first cone far to the side and gradually move them over, tightening the space between cones until there is no room in the lane. This will give drivers ample time to react.

Step 5

Review the space you have provided for cars to pass. Check that there is plenty of room for larger SUVs and trucks to pass through the area in a safe manner. Try driving a large SUV through the cones to make sure there is enough space for these vehicles.

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