Conspicuity tape is a highly reflective tape that greatly increases nighttime visibility of tractor trailers and other large vehicles. It’s also sometimes called DOT tape because of federal laws that require it for use on semi-trucks.
A general overview of the requirements from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for tractor trailers states: • Tractors must have alternating white and red tape placed on the mud flap brackets, as well as reflective white tape on the upper corners of the rear of the cab.
• Trailers must have alternating white and red tape placed on the bottom of the doors, on each side, and on the rear impact guard (ICC bar). Two pieces of white tape must also be on the rear upper corners (rounded strips of white tape is available for tankers). For full guidelines, visit the FMCSA website.
A visual guide to placement of tape is also available in this PDF Conspicuity Requirements for Commercial Motor Vehicles: Conspicuity and reflector requirements 393 11
While conspicuity tape is not required on smaller trailers such as horse trailers, or other livestock, recreational, etc. trailers and vehicles, it’s always a good idea to be as visible as possible, especially in the event of lighting failure while on the road.
And because it’s available in individual strips, it’s an easy and economical way to increase safety for yourself and other drivers on the road. You can see our full line of conspicuity reflective tape here: Reflective Conspicuity Tape. And check out this post for even more ideas for conspicuity tape uses: 6 Handy Uses for Reflective Tape.