What’s inside a traffic barrel?

Thursday, July 18, 2013 By: admin

traffic barrelsI decided to tackle this one because I saw this a few times being asked on the internet.  First off, it’s good to take a look at the following images to make sure we are talking about the same traffic barrel.  The first image is typically called a traffic barrel where the second is called a crash barrel or crash cushion.

The orange traffic barrel has nothing in it, the inside is hollow.  They are not meant to be filled with anything and wouldn’t work well if they were.  These are used more for visual delineation and not an actual crash cushion.  The yellow crash cushions are typically placed right before a k rail or right at an exit where if someone was to crash, it would be particularly dangerous.  They are either filled with sand or water.

sand barrel, yellow traffic barrelA little fun fact for you: the sizes of the yellow barrels vary because they hold different weights of sand.  The first one you see there can hold 200, 400 or 700lbs of sand, the back left can hold 2100lbs and the back right can hold 1400lbs.  In order to ‘cushion a crash’ in the safest possible way, there is actually a proper layout that must be followed based on the weight of the sand barrel.

So the moral of the story, if you have to crash into one of the two barrels, you will be better off with the yellow because it will stop you faster than the drums.  Of course, let’s all just hope we never get in a car accident and we never have to think about such a thing!

If you are in the market for traffic barrels here is our orange barrel and here is our yellow sand barrel.  If you have questions on either of these feel free to either comment on this post or contact us through the website where these can be purchased (linked in the previous sentence).

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