Manual Versus Motorized Traffic Spikes

Traffic spikes are used to control traffic direction and speed through a controlled entry or exit way. Traffic spikes can be surface-mounted or flush-mounted, also referred to as in-ground, but did you know that traffic spikes can be motorized or manual? While surface-mounted traffic spikes are installed on the road’s surface, and in-ground traffic spikes sit in the ground, *both can be motorized.

Manual Traffic Spikes

Manual traffic spikes are spring-retracted or weight-retracted, meaning when a vehicle drives in the correct direction, the spikes will retract due to the weight and then spring back up when no weight is present. Should a vehicle be driving in the wrong direction, the spikes will slice the tires. Manual surface-mounted traffic spikes are most common because they also act as a speed bump in locations where you may want to control speed and direction.

Motorized Traffic Spikes

Motorized traffic spikes are also referred to as automated spike systems. Motorized traffic spikes are, as titled, motorized. The spikes will retract when entry or exit is requested and approved by an entry system synchronized with the motor. Tiger Teeth Store will soon introduce a flush-mounted motorized barrier gate traffic spike control system. The MFT motorized traffic control system combines a barrier gate and a traffic spike system. Fully integrated with an operator, barrier, and spike system, it synchronizes traffic control systems.

Which Is Better?

The type of traffic spike system you need is dependent on the application. Surface-mounted or flush-mounted traffic spikes are both great options, with surface-mounted offering an additional function as a speed controller. Manual traffic spikes are more common in unsupervised locations or locations where authorization is not required. Motorized traffic spikes are great for locations where more security is needed, as it will require authorization to operate the motor that will retract the traffic spikes. So, neither is particularly better than the other; you just must determine which is best for you and the application.

If you have further questions about which traffic spike system is best for you, please reach out to our sales representatives. They are happy to help in any way they can!

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