24th August 2023
Driving on the motorway is a must at some point for the majority of drivers, whether driving to go on holiday or just for the daily commute. This guide will explain what motorway reflective studs are and what they’re used for.
Otherwise known as cat’s eyes, due to the way they reflect light, reflective studs on the motorway are small devices embedded in the road surface of motorways, A and B roads and roundabouts. Cat’s eyes can come in different colours and are spaced out along the road. They consist of two pairs of reflective glass spheres in front of an aluminium mirror. They are housed in a rubber moulding and cast iron surround which means they sink below the surface of the road to avoid causing damage to your tyres when you drive over them.
Cat’s eyes and studs are used to indicate certain elements drivers should be aware of including;
They are important for the safety of drivers and road users, especially in areas with a high-speed limit. They are especially valuable for drivers at night, or during low visibility conditions like rain, fog, sleet and snow where lane markings may not be visible.
Some motorway studs are designed as “rumble stripes” to alert motorway drivers when they need to slow down.
Cat’s eyes or reflective studs are usually colour coded in order to communicate specific information to drivers. The most common colours include:
Planning your next road trip? Remember to book a service at least every 10,000 miles to ensure your vehicle is running smoothly and safety. Locate your nearest Merityre garage to book in for your next service. Alternatively, contact our helpful team to find out more.