Intersections, both urban and rural, are notorious for being crash hotspots. Speeding, distracted driving, fatigue and complex traffic movements all contribute to a higher risk of collisions. But what if there were ways to make intersections inherently safer? At OmniGrip Direct, we offer a suite of products designed to do just that, by improving visibility, reducing stopping distances and impact speeds, and guiding drivers through intersections more intuitively. Even better, OmniGrip Direct specialises in low lifecycle cost technologies, reduce the burden of maintenance of your road safety projects.

1. High Friction Surface Treatment (HFS) for Braking Confidence:

One of the biggest dangers at intersections is the potential for skidding when hard braking and sliding when turning too fast for the conditions, especially during wet weather.

OmniGrip’s High Friction Surface Treatment, OmniGrip HF, creates a micro-textured surface that significantly improves tyre grip with the road surface. This means shorter braking distances and faster stops, reducing the likelihood of crashes, and their severity if they occur. It also means that riders and drivers are less likely to lose control when turning.

Watch this short demonstration video, on a test track in the UK, where HFST was first developed by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL). 

With Crash Reduction Factors of more than 90% (ie Crash Modification Factors less than 10%) for some types of common crashes, based upon recent US FHWA analysis of hundreds of sites, high friction surfaces will have a dramatic impact on quickly reducing crashes in your community. 

2. Improve Visibility for Vulnerable Road Users:

Brightly colored pedestrian crosswalks and bike lanes are more than just aesthetically pleasing; they serve a vital safety function. Yellow crosswalks remind turning drivers to look for pedestrians, and green bike lanes remind drivers to stay out of their lane and look for riders when turning.

OmniGrip Direct’s Australian coloured recycled-glass surface, OmniGrip CST, provides high visibility for both drivers and pedestrians, especially at night or during low-light conditions. It’s high level of slip-resistance is important to reduce the risk of pedestrians slipping when the surface is wet, and similarly skid-resistance is important to reduce the risk to motorcycle and bicycle riders when they turn across them. OmniGrip CST has been tested on road at five years of age and found to be compliant for slip & skid resistance.

Unfortunately, many of the yellow crosswalks at traffic lights in inner Melbourne have not been maintained and have fallen into disrepair; renewing these surfaces and installing new ones at other urban intersections with high volumes of pedestrians is a simple method of reducing risk for vulnerable road users.

Yellow Crosswalks at Traffic Lights have worn away & not been replaced

Increased awareness of vulnerable road users helps prevent crashes and trauma involving pedestrians and cyclists.

Yellow & Green OmniGrip CST improve safety for vulnerable road users

3. Rumble Strips: A Gentle Nudge for Alertness

Rumble strips are a simple yet effective way to keep drivers alert and in their lane. These raised surfaces create a vibration when a vehicle drives over them, serving as an audible and tactile warning for drivers who may be distracted or fatigued. OmniGrip Direct uses skid-resistant OmniGrip CST, OmniGrip HF or OmniGrip Hybrid HF to provide rumble strips in accordance with the road manager’s design.

4. Pothole Repair: Eliminate Hidden Hazards

New potholes, and poorly repaired potholes, in intersections are a risk to motorcyclists and cyclists. Bikes are often unstable and very sensitive to surface conditions as they turn, or riders or drivers may swerve to avoid them.  Many commonly used pothole repair cold mixes are not effective and can quickly deform, leaving an uneven surface.

OmniGrip PF is our rapid and long-lasting pothole repair solution that can be coated in calcined bauxite to provide a level and high-grip pothole repair. In critical locations like urban and rural intersections, its better durability reduces the likelihood of a new hole forming, along with reducing the risk and disruption of another repair.

5. LED In-Pavement Lights: Illuminate the Way

Poor visibility can be a major factor in intersection crashes, as well as drawing attention to vulnerable road users when drivers are complacent, distracted or fatigued. Incorporating in-pavement LED lights into crosswalks and crossings, along bike lanes or along lane lines can assist drivers with seeing crossings, pedestrians and riders. 

OmniGrip Direct supplies in-ground LED pavement lights in solar-battery and hard-wired configurations.

Solar in-ground lights (or stud lights) are activated at night, and can be used to delineate bike lanes and shared user paths, as well as lane edge lines or centrelines along roads.  OmniGrip Direct’s models have replaceable batteries. Battery-only versions are also available for locations with poor or no solar exposure, such as under heavily shaded trees or in tunnels and underpasses.

Hard-wired low-voltage lights are daylight visible and their control box can be connected to a range of sensors so they are activated by the presence of riders, vehicles or people. They are used in three locations in inner-Melbourne to alert drivers to the presence of bike and scooter riders, and works to install three more are underway (May-June 2024).

6. Improving safety for pedestrians of all abilities:

With an ageing population, pedestrians often using mobile devices as they walk, and our need to create a more inclusive society for people with a disability, Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles improve the visibility of the pedestrian Walk/Don’t Walk message – commonly known as the “little red or green man”. Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles bring the visual safety message to where the pedestrian is actually standing.

In the words of John Morris, advocate for wheelchair users and author of Wheelchair Travel,

“Traditional crosswalk signals, with their flashing lights displayed across the street and an occasional sound may not be fit to serve pedestrians of the 21st century. Melbourne’s innovative approach, while only outfitted at a single intersection, offers an extra layer of protection for pedestrians lost in tech, while also offering an easier to decipher visual cue for those with reduced vision.”

Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles are installed at four locations in Victoria, two in Queensland and one in New Zealand, but should be a standard item in every new or upgraded traffic light controlled intersection. When creating safe urban environments, a light on the far side of a hazard, in this case a road, surely can’t continue to be considered best practice. That’s where LED Safety Tactiles are so important – positioning the visual safety message where the pedestrian is standing.

By implementing a combination of these OmniGrip Direct products, road managers and road safety experts can create safer intersections for everyone. Reduced stopping distances, reduced skidding and sliding, improved visibility and designing for vulnerable road users all decrease in the risk of crashes that result in road trauma.

Let’s make our roads safer, one intersection at a time. Contact OmniGrip Direct today to discuss how to reduce risk and road trauma in your community.