5 ways to be bright this winter
Now the clocks have gone back its time make sure you stand out and look bright as the dark nights draw in. To help we’ve pulled together a list of five top tips that could keep you safer on dark nights:
- Help drivers see you earlier by wear reflective armbands, sashes or belts – with dipped headlights they will spot you at 125 meters away instead of just 48 meters
- If you are not wearing something reflective wear or carry something white or light coloured – this also makes it easier for drivers’ to see you walking
- Pushing a buggy? Attach something reflective and fluorescent so drivers can see something is in front of you
- Keep children safe with winter coats, jackets and trainers that have reflective strips attached.
- Not dark yet – dig out the day glow and put on something fluorescent, so you can be spotted on a dull winters day.
Cyclists and motorcyclists are also being reminded to make sure they have working lights and put on some Hi-Viz clothing on dark nights.
The council would also like to advise drivers to watch their speeds and be aware that they are less likely to see vulnerable road users in the dark. Drivers should also use dipped headlights so that they can see, and be seen by other road users.
Councillor Steve Hall, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Highways and Open Spaces said:
“We would like to make sure our roads are as safe as possible for all users and these simple tips are a great place to start. I would encourage everyone to wear something bright and take extra care when on the road.”
Encourage the kids to be bright
Visit the government’s be bright be seen website for fun facts and ideas on road safety.