MANCHESTER — In an effort to further our use of cutting edge research in vehicle visibility design, ASM and Aetna have elected to adopt “full Battenburg” design on our newly added Mercedes Sprinter ambulances.
Since purchasing the first Dodge Sprinters from American Emergency Vehicles in 2009 we have utilized a custom-made smaller-block “Sillitoe marking” design with 4 x 4 inch retro-reflective blocks (as seen in the picture on our mast-head above).
Research has shown that larger blocks are even more effective in signaling their presense to the naked eye while the vehicle is in motion. This is especially true in peripheral vision of other drivers. Classic stripes are thought to blend in with the horizon in peripheral vision.
You can read more about Vehicle Conspicuity on our website by clicking here and selecting the FEMA Conspicuity Article.