Retro-reflectivity and Nighttime Visibility

Reduced nighttime visibility drastically increases the risk of traffic fatalities. About half of traffic fatalities occur at night ( On rural roadways there tend to be fewer streetlights, so visibility is typically provided by vehicle headlights. Retro-reflectivity materials and coatings that are used for both signs and pavement lane markings can increase nighttime visibility.

This section provides resources and trainings on the use of retro-reflectivity to increase nighttime visibility.


Fact Sheet


General Report

Breakthroughs in Vision and Visibility for Highway Safety Workshop Summary Report

“On August 13-14, 2014, at the Turner-Fairbanks Highway Research Center in McLean, VA, the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Office of ... [ Read More » ]

Technical Guide/Manual

2015 National Roadway Safety Awards Noteworthy Practices Guide

It is an honor to formally recognize the extraordinary achievements of those selected for the 2015 National Roadway Safety Awards. The individuals, groups, and ... [ Read More » ]