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Does Your Trailer Need DOT C2 Tape & the Conspicuity Standard

Reflective Tape

DOT C2 tape, which is the federal vehicle Conspicuity standard for trucks and trailers, plays a crucial role in enhancing visibility and safety on the road. It is important to understand the specifics of DOT C2 tape, its variations, and the options available to meet individual requirements. In this blog post, we will address some common questions readers may have about DOT C2 tape and provide detailed answers to ensure a comprehensive understanding.

What does DOT C2 stand for?

DOT stands for the Department of Transportation, and C2 refers to the width of the tape, which is 2 inches. DOT C2 tape is the standardized conspicuity tape used for trucks and trailers.

Are there other DOT-approved Conspicuity tapes available?

While DOT C2 tape is the most common, other variations include DOT C3, DOT C4, and so on. These sizes are less commonly used but are still required and popular in certain industry sectors.

What options are available for DOT tape?

HeskinsĀ® offers a range of options for DOT tape, including:

  • Any width: We can provide DOT tape in various widths based on your preferences.
  • Any length: You can order DOT tape in the desired length for your specific application.
  • Choice of 6/6 or 7/11 alternating: We offer different patterns of reflective materials to suit your preferences.
  • Red and White, Plain White, and Plain Red as standard: The standard color options available are red and white, plain white, and plain red.
  • Kiss cut lengths and sections: We can provide kiss-cut lengths and tape sections tailored to your specific needs.
  • Special colors: While special colors may look visually appealing, it’s important to note that they may not be DOT-compliant. We can explore this topic further in another blog post.

Can DOT tape be produced in different widths and shapes?

Absolutely! As a manufacturer, HeskinsĀ® can produce DOT tape in various widths and shapes according to your specific requirements. We can customize the tape to suit your needs.

Can I customize DOT C2 tape with my company logo?

Yes, including your company logo on DOT C2 tape is possible. However, please note that custom DOT tape requires a minimum quantity requirement. The minimum quantity for glass bead DOT tape is 50 rolls, and for metalized DOT tape, it is 20 rolls.

Is reflective DOT tape material certified?

Yes, the reflective DOT tape material undergoes independent certification by Calcoast. This certification ensures that the tape meets the necessary quality and performance standards.

How much tape is there in a roll of DOT C2 tape?

A standard roll of DOT C2 tape typically contains 150 feet of tape.

Do all trailers require reflective DOT tape?

While the specific requirements for trailers fall under FMVSS108, it is generally considered a best practice to enhance visibility and safety by adding reflectivity, even for trailers that may not be required to have it based on weight and classification. Increased visibility at night can significantly improve safety on the road.

Is there any maintenance involved with DOT C2 tape?

Regular maintenance, such as gentle cleaning and periodic inspections, helps preserve the tape’s performance and identify any signs of damage or wear.

If you have any further questions or want to discuss your specific requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help and provide customized solutions to meet your needs.


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