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Pre-Striped Oralite V98 Chevron Rolls – Sold by the foot, 30 foot or 150 foot rolls

We now carry Pre-Striped Oralite V98 chevron rolls in red and lime.  Sold by the foot , by the 30 foot roll, and by the 150 foot roll. Available in 2″, 3″, 4″, 6″, 8″, 12″, 15″, 18″, 24″, 30″ widths.  The stripes are 6″ wide on the diagonal and are NFPA compliant.rolls of pre striped chevrons We carry left and right slant rolls.  To create bi-directional chevron panels you would need a roll of each.  Then simply cut a section from each roll and join them in the middle or cut two pieces and apply one to each end of a bumper.

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This is a popular product for companies and individuals who are striping fleets of vehicles and want the flexibility of being able to cut each panel to length.  You can click here for more information and pricing.

Oralite V98 Chevron Prestriped

Picture Gallery 1 – Reflective Chevron Panels for Trucks and Utility Vehicles

Picture Gallery 1 – Chevron Panels on Trucks and Utility Vehicles – online store – www.chevronpanels.com

This page is an image compilation of chevron panels installed on vehicles.  Utility type vehicles and trucks.  All are made with our premade panels. 


The panels below are 6″ tall by around  72″ long. This is a good size for pickups and is affordable since it does not cover the entire tailgate. Panels this size run about $80.  Less when purchased in quantity.  The truck labeled RO6064 is a Virginia DOT Truck. 

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The chevron panels below are some that we do for the Florida DOT work trucks.  They are 4 inches high and 12 inches long.  We do a left and a right.  These small panels significantly increase the visibility of the work trucks both day and night.  Highway Patrol vehicles are also beginning to use these on their vehicles.  The panels run $20 each. ($40 for the pair)

Florida DOT 4 x 12 Chevron panels

The trucks below are using our 6″ wide panels.

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Pictured below are trucks using our larger fuller coverage panels.

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The truck below was striped using one of our 17″ x 60″ premade panels. The bottom was trimmed a little on site. This panel can be seen at the following link.  The first image is of the truck in daylight and the second is at night with a flash camera.
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The application below is interesting. This is a smaller panel that we made for the rear of a small utility vehicle.  (Polaris Ranger, Kawasaki Mule, John Deere Gator, Kubota RTV, Artic Cat Prowler)  Since these are small lower speed vehicles, rear end collisions are especially dangerous. By treating the rear with high viz reflective striping, collisions can easily be cut in half.  We have smaller panels for UTV’s at www.chevronpanels.com .  For custom sizes call me at 850-934-3157 or email me at steve@reflectivestore.com .  This design can also be accomplished with 30 foot rolls of 6″ V98 material.

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Picture Gallery 2 – Reflective Chevron Panels on Fire Trucks and Other Vehicles

Reflective Chevron Panel Gallery #2 – Fire Trucks and Specialty Vehicles – online store – www.chevronpanels.com


Before and after of a Fire Truck using our Oralite V98 Prestriped Material.  (12″ wide rolls)

Oralite V98 Chevron Prestriped

Chevron Panels installed on fire truck bumpers.

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fire truck motorcycle reflective panels

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Panels installed on slow moving specialty vehicles.  In this case, a street sweeper.

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The image below is of a Virginia DOT dump truck. This is a 6″ x 72″ panel cut on site into three sections and then applied.

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The image below is of a trailer.  The panel is made up of three of our 17″ tall stackable panels combined to make one large chevron. The stripes line up.

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Picture Gallery 3 – Reflective Chevron Panels for Vans and Fleets

Picture Gallery 1 – Chevron Panels on Trucks and Utility Vehicles – online store – www.chevronpanels.com

This page is an image compilation of chevron panels installed on vehicles. Utility vans and fleets of vehicles. All are made with our premade panels.

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The vans above are part of a fleet.  Fleet safety managers have been able to substantially reduce rear end collisions using vivid reflective panels.  In some cases, accidents of this type have been reduced to zero.

Picture Gallery 4 – Reflective Chevron Panels in VARIOUS COLOR Combinations

Our standard panels are fluorescent lime and red.  However, we can do other color combinations such as red on white, black on lime, orange on white, green on lime, blue on white and orange on lime.  Some examples are pictured below.  (online store)

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The image above is taken with no flash.  The image below shows the material reflecting and is taken with a flash camera.  Note that all the colors reflective except the black.  Black and Lime give the highest day and night contrast.

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The picture above was taken with a flash camera. In the photo below the black is  non reflective material.  The lime is highly reflective.  This creates a high contrast day and night.

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Lime and Green Chevron Panel
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White V98 Panel with Blue Stripes
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Hi Viz Lime Yellow and Black Reflective Chevron Panel
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Fluorescent Lie Yellow and Black Reflective Chevron Panel

The panels below are 12″ School Bus Yellow and Black.  Created in continuous Rolls.  The yellow is highly reflective and the black in non reflective.

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School Bus Yellow and Black Reflective Chevron Panel
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Self Adhesive School Bus Yellow and Black Reflective Chevron Panel
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School Bus Yellow and Black Reflective Chevron Panel

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Picture Gallery 5 – BLOCK Pattern Reflective Panels – Orange/Lime Red/Lime

We carry BLOCK PATTERN AT&T STYLE PANELS <<online store) in a 12″ / 12″ configuration.   We can create lime and red, lime and orange, white and red, white and orange, lime and green and white and green.   The panels can be used alone or stacked and staggered to form a Battenburg pattern.  Battenburg panels are highly visible and are differentiated from standard chevron panels.  We sell these self adhesive panels by the foot.  We make 2″ wide and 4″ wide rolls.  Double up a 2″ to make a 4″ Battenburg or double a 4″ to make an 8″ Batternburg panel.

The examples below are orange on lime and red on white.

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12″ by 12″ Block Pattern.  Sold by the foot.  Use alone or stack and stagger two lengths to create a battenburg pattern. (see below)

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AT&T Style Reflective Decals
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Block Pattern AT&T Style Reflective Panels
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Red and Lime Block AT&T Style Reflective Rolls

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Orange and Lime AT&T Panels
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Picture Gallery 6 – BATTENBURG CHECKERED Reflective Panels

Highly Visible  Battenburg Checkered Reflective Panels  <<online store) sold by the foot on a roll.  Battenburg panels give vehicles and fleets an option that will differentiate their vehicle or fleet from emergency vehicles that use the standard chevron panel.  Battenburg patterns are widely used in Europe and have been shown to be highly effective in reducing rear end and side collisions.

We carry Battenburg panels in Red and Fluorescent Lime as well as Orange and Fluorescent Lime.  (We can also do custom color combinations on request such as Lime and Green, White and Red, White and Orange, Lime and Black.)

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Battenburg Reflective Fluorescent Lime and Red Panel

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Battenburg Reflective Panels/Decals 4″ 6″ 8″ 12″
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Battenburg Panels Sold By The Foot
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Reflective Battenburg Red and Lime
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Orange and Fluorescent Lime Battenburg Panels
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Battenburg Reflective Panels. Great for Fleet Applications.
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Reflective Chevron Panels for Cranes and Riggers

The panels pictured below are designed to be used in a crane operation so that the operator can look down and see the ends and edges of the load they are moving.  The sizes are 6″ x 16″ and 6″ x 12″ as well as 8″ x 12″ and 8″ x 16″.

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The picture above is taken with a flash camera. The picture below is a standard picture.  These particular panels are made using V98 white material and a red overlay.  They are small panels but because of the brightness of this material they will work perfect or this application.

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Reflexite V98 material can be seen for thousands of feet versus hundreds for standard reflective. We have panels like this at www.chevronpanels.com .  Or you can call us at 850-934-3157.

Green and Fluorescent Lime Yellow Chevron Panel (stripes)

This is a special order run that we did for the State of Ohio.  8 inch x 4 foot bi-directional chevron panels that are fluorescent lime and green.  We used a Reflexite V98 conformable prismatic background and green overlay to create the stripes.  Creates a nice vivid contrast.

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As you can see from the picture above, when the panel reflects the lime becomes more of a white but the green maintains a great contrast.

Lime yellow and green chevron panel stripesPanels this size run between $70 and $85 each depending on quantity.  For more information you can go to www.chevronpanels.com or call us at 850-934-3157 or email steve@reflectivestore.com.

 

Reflective Chevron Panel on a Cargo Trailer – Before / After

Reflective Chevron Stripes on a Cargo Trailer – www.chevronpanels.com

The trailer pictured in this article has been striped with a chevron panel using 6″ wide rolls of Orafol / Reflexite V98 in a red and a fluorescent lime.

The first picture below is the trailer unstriped.  At this stage you would have already measured the height and width of the area to be striped.  For every square foot of area you would need a foot of 6″ lime and a foot of 6″ red plus a little extra.  (about 10%)  Once you have the striping in hand you would clean the surface with soap and water and then wipe it down with alcohol and let it dry.  At this stage you can also remove any thing may be in the way of the striping.  These items would be reinstalled later after the striping is installed.utility trailer chevron reflective panel

The picture below shows the trailer partially striped. To begin this pattern you would cut a triangle with 45 degree sides and apply it dead center.  Draw a line dead center from the peak of the triangle upward.  Then cut each piece separately and apply.  I normally lay a piece on the trailer with the backing on the tape, then measure, then cut, then peel and apply.  Press all the pieces on well with a cloth or squeegee.  I go back over the edges the next day also.  This assures a nice seal on the edges.   Since V98 is a single layer film and will not delaminate edge sealing is not required.  However, on the outside edges of a chevron pattern, running a bead of clear coat along the edge will help the material resist lifting and add longevity to the application.

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The picture below shows the completed project.  As you can see the trailer is much more visible from the rear now.  A trailer with tens of thousands of dollars in equipment inside is now much less likely to be hit due to the application of about $300 of highly reflective tape.  A good investment.

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We carry the reflective material for a project like this at www.chevronpanels.com .  Call me at 850-934-3157 with any questions.  

Non Slanting Orange Red Lime Reflective Alternating Color Panels

Non Slanting Red / Orange and Fluorescent Lime Reflective Panels – Online Store

Our non slanting Orange and Lime or Red and Lime retro reflective panels are an affordable alternative to our slanted stripe chevron panels.  The effectiveness is about the same since both are bright and very conspicuous.  AT&T uses these on their work / utility trucks with great success.  The bright contrasting colors get the attention of drivers. Four color combinations are available.  Red on Fluorescent Lime (popular), Orange on Fluorescent Lime (popular), Red on White and Orange on White.  We have these panels in 4″ x 3 foot and 6″ x 3 foot panels.

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Orange Red Lime ATT Reflective

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The van below is using our Lime and Orange ATT panel and also our 6/6 DOT tape to create a battenburg pattern.  As you can see, the red and white battenburg pattern is very noticeable. 

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Reflective Word or Message Panels in Red on Fluorescent Lime

Reflective Red and Fluorescent Lime Yellow Message Panels – Online Store

In many cases, a message needs to be conveyed on a high visibility panel.  In other words, there are two goals.  One is to make a vehicle highly conspicuous with a bright, reflective panel with two high contrast colors. The second goal is to convey a message.  WIDE LOAD would be an example of this.  Our message panels consist of a fluorescent lime background with transparent red letters.  This creates a panels where both the letters and the background are reflective and visible for over a thousand feet.  The panel would of course be visible first with the letters becoming readable at about 180 feet away.  We currently offer the panels in a 6″ x 24″ size.  We can create custom sized panels when requested.

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Stay Back Reflective Sign Words Warning Panel

The image below shows the messages we have pre designed.  We can do any words you wish as long as they fit.

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Horizontal Reflective Chevron Panels with 4″ Stripes

Horizontal Chevron Panels with 4″ Stripes – Online Store

Horizontal Bi-directional Chevron Panels are generally used on the rear of a vehicle either on the tailgate or bumper.  They are highly visible but not so large as to be considered unsightly.  They also provide extra visibility at an affordable price.  Great for fleet applications.  reflective chevrons tailgatesThis type of panel is used for non NFPA applications. That simply means that they can be used for every application except fire trucks which require a 6″ stripe.  The narrower 4″ stripe results in more alternating stripes per foot which for certain applications is preferable.

4" stripes chevron panelAs you can see from the image above, the panels are available in several widths and length combinations.  You can also get the panels in orange and fluorescent lime, red and white and orange and white.  The white and orange and white and red panels are effective on vehicles that are yellow or tan where a lime may blend in too much.  Overall, red and fluorescent lime or orange and fluorescent lime are the most visible and most popular.  The picture below shows the orange over white and fluorescent lime.

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It is recommended that these panels be placed low on the rear of the vehicle.  At about the level of an automobiles headlights.  They perform best when installed this way.    red white chevron panelAll of our panels can be trimmed with scissors or an exacto to fit.  The material is rugged, however, it is also pliable and cuts very smoothly.

  • Red and Fluorescent Lime Yellow (most popular)
  • Orange and Fluorescent Lime Yellow
  • Red on White
  • Orange on White

Size choices are:

  • 4″ x 60″
  • 5″ x 60″
  • 6″ x 60″
  • 4″ x 66″
  • 5″ x 66″
  • 6″ x 66″
  • 4″ x 72″
  • 5″ x 72″
  • 6″ x 72″

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The reflectivity specifications for the different colors are as follows –

  • White – 750 Candelas
  • Fluorescent Lime Yellow – 420 Candelas
  • Orange – 200 Candelas
  • Red – 130 Candelas

 It is important to keep in mind that although white is brighter than fluorescent lime, it is not necessarily more conspicuous.  White tends to blend in with other white lights such as car headlights, street lights, etc..  Also, the contrasting color, orange or red, needs to be less reflective to provide the necessary contrast.  A 2 or 3 to 1 contrast is recommended.

Horizontal Reflective Panels with 6″ Stripes (NFPA 1901 Compliant)

Horizontal Reflective Chevron Panels with 6″ Stripes – Online Store

Our 4″, 5″, and 6″ wide by 60″, 66″ or 72″ long chevron panels with 6″ wide stripes are designed for all applications including those that fall under NFPA 1901 standards such as fire apparatus.  We carry the panels in various widths and lengths to accommodate the variety of vehicles that may need them.  They are easy to trim so it is advisable to either purchase one that is right at the correct size or just a little longer and then trim it on both ends.  nfpa chevron panels reflective

All of our panels are self adhesive and have a peel off backing that is removed before application.  The adhesive is repositionable which means the panel can be pulled up and reapplied if necessary.  The picture below shows the backing.

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Our panels are available in the color combinations below.  The fluorescent lime panels are the most visible day and night.

  • Red and Fluorescent Lime Yellow (most popular)
  • Orange and Fluorescent Lime Yellow
  • Red on White
  • Orange on White

Size choices are:

  • 4″ x 60″
  • 5″ x 60″
  • 6″ x 60″
  • 4″ x 66″
  • 5″ x 66″
  • 6″ x 66″
  • 4″ x 72″
  • 5″ x 72″
  • 6″ x 72″

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The reflectivity specifications for the different colors are as follows –

  • White – 750 Candelas
  • Fluorescent Lime Yellow – 420 Candelas
  • Orange – 200 Candelas
  • Red – 130 Candelas

 It is important to keep in mind that although white is brighter than fluorescent lime, it is not necessarily more conspicuous.  White tends to blend in with other white lights such as car headlights, street lights, etc..  Also, the contrasting color, orange or red, needs to be less reflective to provide the necessary contrast.  A 2 or 3 to 1 contrast is recommended.

Horizontal Reflective Chevron Panels for Tailgates with 6″ Stripes (NFPA)

Horizontal Chevron Panels with 6″ Stripes – Online Store

Our 12″ and 16″ wide Horizontal Bi-directional Chevron Panels are generally used on the rear or tailgate of a vehicle or truck.  They are larger than our bumper size panels and therefore more visible from great distances.  They would commonly be used on fire vehicles such as brush trucks.  They are also well suited for utility company fleet applications.  This type of panel is used for NFPA or standard applications. That simply means that they can be used for fire trucks since they use a 6″ stripe. For NFPA applications you would use the lime and red like in the picture below.

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You can also get the panels in orange and fluorescent lime, red and white and orange and white.  The white and orange and white and red panels are effective on vehicles that are yellow or tan where a lime may blend in too much.  Overall, red and fluorescent lime or orange and fluorescent lime are the most visible and most popular.  The picture below shows the orange over white and orange over fluorescent lime.  Keep in mind that these color combinations would be used for non NFPA applications.

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The material that we use for our panels is very rugged, however, it is also pliable and cuts smoothly and easily. To determine the size you need just measure your truck and purchase the panel that is as close a fit as possible.  If necessary you can purchase a panel that is a little longer than you need and then trim both sides with an exacto or scissors.  As you can see from the image below, the panels are available in several widths and length combinations.

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Panels are available in the following color combinations.

  • Red and Fluorescent Lime Yellow (most popular)
  • Orange and Fluorescent Lime Yellow
  • Red on White
  • Orange on White

Size choices are:

  • 12″ x 60″
  • 16″ x 60″
  • 12″ x 72″
  • 16″ x 72″
  • 12″ x 84″
  • 16″ x 84″

self adhesive reflective panels

The reflectivity intensity for the different colors are as follows –

  • White – 750 Candelas
  • Fluorescent Lime Yellow – 420 Candelas
  • Orange – 200 Candelas
  • Red – 130 Candelas

 It is important to keep in mind that although white is brighter than fluorescent lime, it is not necessarily more conspicuous.  White tends to blend in with other white lights such as car headlights, street lights, etc..  Also, the contrasting color, orange or red, needs to be less reflective to provide the necessary contrast.  A 2 or 3 to 1 contrast is recommended.  In other words, if red were as bright as lime they would blend with each other and be less effective.

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How to Reduce Rear End Collisions Involving Emergency and Utility Vehicles

How to Reduce or Lower Rear End Collisions Involving Commercial and Utility Fleet Vehicles. – (online store – www.chevronpanels.com)

Each year in the US rear end collisions result in approximately 10,000 fatalities.  Rear end collisions are almost always avoidable and normally result from one vehicle following another too closely or one vehicle not seeing another in time to stop.  The majority of these types of collisions can be avoided by increased vehicle conspicuity and driver training. 

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This article is going to deal mostly with vehicle visibility, however, I want to very quickly comment on driver training.  This will involve teaching drivers how to avoid collisions by keeping a safe distance between them and the car in front of them.  Also, for cars following to closely behind them they can do things like tap the brakes or slow down to a speed that will encourage the tailgater to go around.   When stopping on the side of the road drivers should immediately put out cones or other devices that will alert other drivers that there is a work zone ahead.  These are just a few things that a proactive driver can do.

Vehicle conspicuity is easily increased through the use of high visibility reflective panels on the rear and sides of a vehicle.  Studies have shown that through the use of bright reflective panels (chevrons), accidents can be reduced by 15% – 41%.  The higher the visibility, the greater the reduction in accidents.  For example, a company in Maryland had 47 trucks.  In 2011 they had 8 rear end collisions where their trucks were struck.  At the end of 2011 they applied high visibility red and fluorescent lime yellow panels to the backs of every truck.  In 2012 they had 1 collision.

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Alternating color reflective panels in a bright high visibility combination are the best way to call attention to a vehicle in traffic.  Treatments that blend in do very little to increase conspicuity.  The vehicle treatment should look professional and highly visible.  Too much can tend to look ridiculous and can make a vehicle look unofficial or unprofessional.  This can cause people to not to be as cautious as they should be.  (For example, when you see a car ahead that looks like a police car you slow down.  When you realize it is not a police car you take it less seriously and pass it.)

Most companies will measure the free area on the back of their vehicles and then determine what types of panels will fit into the free areas.  When making this assessment you will normally try to keep reflective panels several inches away from tail lights.  Also, the lower the panel to the ground the better it will reflect as cars get closer.  This is due to the angles of light to a from the panels.  The goal is to have at least part of the panels or one panel in line with a cars headlights.  If they are too high they will reflect well from a distance back to the driver but will start to dim as they get closer.  This is of course not an issue in the daytime.  Only at night.

orange and lime reflective decals

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The most popular color combination is red and fluorescent lime yellow.  Fluorescent lime is an unusually bright color and gets a viewers attention faster than standard colors.  Red is an excellent offset.  Orange and Fluorescent Lime Yellow is another good combination.  Both are highly conspicuous and both create a contrast of from 2.5 – 3.0 to 1.  It is important to use prismatic reflective films as they are several times brighter than standard reflectives.  This means that an approaching car can see the material from over 1000 feet away versus a few hundred.  In high speed traffic or low visibility conditions this is very important.

Orange Red Lime ATT Reflective

Decals can have slanted stripes like a chevron panel or they can have horizontal or vertical stripes.  Both are fine.  Slanted stripes or chevrons may be more conspicuous but if you are wanting your vehicle to not look like a fire truck or emergency vehicle then non slanted stripes will work fine.  There are no laws or regulations that I know of that prevent you from using either type.

 

Pictures of our Vertical Chevron Panels – 4″ Wide Stripes

Our Vertical Chevron Panels are designed for delivery, utility or work vehicles that have the space to accommodate vertical panels.  I many instances only vertical panels will work.  The vertical panels can be purchased at the following link.

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vertical up and down reflective chevron panelThe image below shows a 4″ x 24″ fluorescent lime and orange vertical panel.  This color combination is popular for fleets that want a color scheme that is different from the standard red and lime.orange fluorescent lime reflective panel Same size panels but in red and lime.red lime 24" panels