Chevrons

Chevrons

Chevron striping is a series of contrasting lines in the shape of a V or an inverted V used as safety patterns on vehicles. Chevron patterns have been borrowed directly from emergency vehicles in the UK; and they have become the default rear safety marking for the United States.

Chevron usage has increased dramatically as the U.S. NFPA 1901 (National Fire Protection Association) voluntary standard recommended all new fire apparatus to have at least 50% of the rear of the truck covered with six-inch red/yellow alternating stripes in a chevron (inverted V) pattern. This was extended to ambulances and there is now an abundance of vehicles being fitted with chevrons as a visual safety device.

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