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How to Use Driveway Reflectors

Updated July 20, 2017

Installing reflectors on both sides of your driveway will make it more visible in the dark. Installation is simple. Just measure a certain distance from the road, then pound the reflector into the ground with a mallet. There are several varieties of reflectors. The Minnesota Department of Transportation recommends using the blue and white versions, as red or orange reflectors can be confused with brake lights or turning signals.

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  1. Measure 12 feet from the shoulder of the public road. This will help to ensure that the reflector will not be buried in snow when ploughs come by in the winter.

  2. Measure 2 to 3 feet from the side of your driveway to allow plenty of room for vehicles to pass without hitting the reflector.

  3. Hold the reflector upright and, using the mallet, drive the reflector into the ground. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, reflectors should not be higher than 5 feet.

  4. Repeat the previous steps to install a reflector on the opposite side of the driveway.

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Things You'll Need

  • Driveway reflectors
  • Mallet
  • Measuring tape

About the Author

Ann Struble started writing in 1998, and has written on a variety of subjects including fitness, recreation, pediatric development, physical and mental health issues, food, and real estate. She has experience in the real estate industry, the fitness and recreation field, as well as pediatric development.

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