Varied clothing and reflective elements

It is proven that if a person wearing a dark one, such as blue clothes, drives, the driver is able to record him at a distance of 18 meters. This is better for example with the yellow color of the garment when the pedestrian is recorded at a distance of 37 meters. In white then the driver sees it at 55 meters. But even this distance is not enough to avoid pedestrians safely at night. Pedestrians should always have some element in their clothes to make them more visible. For example, we have fluorescent materials - they increase visibility in daylight and at dusk, but in the dark, they lose their function. The most commonly used colors are bright yellow, green and orange. The use of reflective materials is preferable - they reflect light in a narrow cone back to the source, up to a distance of about 200 meters. They greatly increase visibility in the dark and in low visibility. The reflective material can be seen at night three times the distance of white cloth and more than 10x longer than blue cloth.

Reflective materials are best placed close to the knees, at the ends of the sleeves and at the waist level. Importantly, if we only have one reflective tape, have it on the side of the road, and not under the clothing, but visible from all sides. We can then buy clothes that are already equipped with reflective materials as well as school bags.

It is important to keep in mind that at a speed of 75km / h, the driver needs at least 1.5 seconds to be aware of the danger and react accordingly - at that time. It will travel to 31 meters. And before he starts his own evasive maneuver, he will leave the pedestrian track more than 150 meters away. For this simple operation, which takes place on the roads unattended daily, the driver needs about 200 meters. It is only at such a distance that pedestrians can see only if they are wearing reflective vests.  

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We'll advise you how to make a selection of autumn outfits

The days are shorter, the temperature drops and there are days when we were able to wear shorts and T-shirt to run. Autumn and winter are much more challenging in terms of equipment. We advise you to keep your body warm and how to keep your safety safe.

When selecting an autumn outfit, it's so good to keep in mind a rule plus ten degrees that says you should always be dressed as if the outside temperature was ten degrees higher. In practice, it looks like you will be a bit cold at the moment you leave the door, but after a few minutes your body gets warm and you will not have to change your clothes during the training.

Be seen

In addition to protecting against weathering, we must not forget about traffic safety. Long gone are the days when the sunset at nine o'clock, so most runners go to collect the training miles in the dark or even in the dark. If you run along roads or bicycle paths, you should not go out of the house without the proper lighting.
Lighten your way

The best way to let you know is active lighting. Classics are headlamps that you can shine under your feet, and as a bonus, no off-road vehicle just misses you. In addition to the headlamps, a lot of scrubs are produced, such as reflective vests with integrated diodes or flexible luminous tapes on the hand. Each element significantly increases safety on busy roads.

Reflective materials

An alternative to active lighting is passive lighting. This is not as effective as when you shine and flash with all colors, but in most cases, it will be enough. When choosing a new piece of clothing for autumn-winter jogging, make sure that the outer layers are richly glued with reflective elements, even the presence of distinctive neon colors is not detrimental. These are very popular today, so it should not be a problem to choose from the rich offer of most running brands.

If you have a wardrobe full of black clothes and you do not want to buy another for just a few centimeters of reflective tape, you can reach for example jogging jerseys that are made of very soft and breathable material in neon yellow color. New ironing reflective tapes appear on the market to turn your current outfit.  

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Reflective elements will be mandatory

Pedestrians will have to wear reflective materials in the dark outside the village. Sanctions in the law, which will now be judged by MPs, are proposed from 1,500 to 2,500 crowns. Experts advise having luminous surfaces on their feet.

Reflective elements that can reflect the incident light from vehicle lamps can be seen by the pedestrian for up to 200 meters. On the contrary, if the clothes are black or blue, it is only 18 meters. Reflective elements, however, do not work too much for fog, rain or snowfall.

In some countries, the use of pedestrian reflective vests has reduced the number of deaths. Reflective elements can reduce the pedestrian's participation in a fatal accident by up to ten times, in poor visibility. In addition to the vest, a suitable backpack or jacket with reflective features is a suitable solution.

"We found it better to move the bright area," says Robert of Skoda Auto. "Reflective tapes are better on the limbs we move than on the body or the backpack," he adds.

The Government approved the amendment

Under reduced visibility, strong reflective elements will be mandatory outside the community. The Ministry of Transport originally wanted the obligation to apply also within the municipalities, but the government's legislative council has dropped this obligation from the proposed amendment.

"We should explain to pedestrians that this is for their safety, but our lawmakers have persuaded me that there is a need for sanctions," said Transport Minister Dan Wok. After approval by the government, the amendments to the Parliament are going - read more here.
The most vulnerable are pedestrians in November

"Every pedestrian should know that in dark clothes he is almost invisible in the dark on the road. A driver who cannot see pedestrians in time cannot react quickly and pedestrians safely avoid, "explains Katarina Arid of Goodyear.

The most frequent collisions of pedestrian cars occur in autumn and winter due to reduced visibility. According to statistics, the most dangerous month in November for pedestrians.

Even if drivers drive at least one-fifth of the total mileage at night, nearly 50 percent of all heavy traffic accidents occur at night or in the dark.  

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Wear reflective tapes

Liberia Region - 20 downed pedestrians, two of them dead in a week. "The number of hiking pedestrians is increasing rapidly. Within one day, there are four injuries, "warns Regional Secretary Michael Gergiev.

Reason? Soon it diminishes, and pedestrians cannot be seen in the evening darkness. "The obligation to wear reflective tapes outside the village is imposed by the law, but I am very much in favor of people being carried in the towns too," says regional police spokeswoman Vast Buchan.

It responds to the tragic accident in which a woman died last week. The alarming number of injured or killed pedestrians was also responded by Bus Line. Her drivers now give out reflective vests as part of a campaign, along with a bus ticket.

According to a spokesman for Nikola,(wear reflective clothing), it has its logic. "The most vulnerable travelers are mostly traveling on a bus stop or a bus, and often walking along the edge of the road," she explained the reason for the campaign, which was also launched by the TV reportage.  

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To be seen means to survive

Light and reflex features increase our safety, do underestimate them!
Particularly in autumn and winter sport, care must be taken to provide lighting and reflective materials that increase safety. Active illumination prevents accidents and protects our health. Do underestimate it, at stake is our life.

Currently, the law in force in the Czech Republic on 20 February 2016, when the amendment to Act No. 361/2000 Coll. On road traffic, which requires every pedestrian and road user to be illuminated or made visible by reflective elements.

A variety of ways to raise awareness of road traffic are a lot. As far as cycling is concerned, it is advisable to use the flashing red light on the back and the front in the white. It does not hurt to add basic reflexive elements, such as a hand strap, a chest belt and, most preferably, a reflective vest. As far as possible, we recommend that you do not remove the light from the wheel. The weather is unpredictable at this time, so you can tell us that, especially in foggy weather, in cloudy, snowing or in low rainfall, you will be grateful for every highlight.

If you are using reflective clothing or accessories, it is likely that the driver will see you at a distance of up to 200 meters. Absence of reflective elements reduces visibility up to four times. With no reflective elements and white clothing, the driver has a chance to see you up to 55 meters (in a blue track up to 18 meters). In the event that the driver drives a vehicle with a ninety-mile speed (travels in 1.5 seconds, 38 meters), his chances of evasive maneuver are reduced rapidly.

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Travel by car: what should I know


A fire extinguisher and a reflective vest are not part of the mandatory equipment, but it is recommended to have them in the vehicle.
On motorways, the driver must use the hazard warning lights of his car to warn other motorists about the formation of a column or other dangers (such as an accident, obstacle on the road, ...).
Children must be transported in the appropriate child restraint system up to 135cm.


Reflective vests are mandatory for anyone leaving the vehicle in an emergency during reduced visibility.
A fire extinguisher is part of a mandatory two-track vehicle.
It is compulsory to carry two wedges (wood or plastic blocks) to prevent possible movement when the vehicle is parked on a hill.


Reflective vests are mandatory for anyone who comes out of the vehicle during an emergency in low visibility, even for bikers.
Helmets for cyclists are mandatory for everyone.
Children must be transported in the appropriate child restraint system up to 135cm.


Bikers' helmets must have reflective features in accordance with ECE 22-04, paragraph 6.16. Helmets approved by the French authorities without reflective stickers can be used.
Motor vehicle drivers and bikers must have an Alcester in their means of transport but no fine will be imposed if they cannot show it during police roadside checks.
A child under 10 years of age must not travel in the front seat if the rear seats are free.
Reflective vest is mandatory for anyone on board a vehicle with 2 or more wheels (e.g.: Motorcycle, passenger car, van, caravan, truck, ...) - sanctions from 90 to 750 Euros.
In Paris and other cities, a low-emission zone is in place and it is therefore necessary to have a low-emission plaque - information here.
Headsets are forbidden to listen to music and hand free earphones for cyclists, bikers, quad bike drivers and motor vehicle drivers.
Motorcycle and scooter drivers must have a special motorcycle glove and helmet.
Vehicles must not have darkened side windscreens (passenger and driver).
Children must be transported in the appropriate child restraint system for up to 10 years, exclusively on the rear seats of the vehicle if they are empty.


Children traveling in vehicles registered abroad must be dealt with in accordance with the legislation in force in the country of origin.
A reflective vest is mandatory for anyone who comes out of a motor vehicle during an emergency.
A cyclist or a biker who drives in low visibility or tunnel communication must wear a reflective safety vest.
It is forbidden to transport children under the age of 4 on a moped or motorcycle.
Children must be transported in the appropriate child restraint system up to 150cm or 36kg.
Whoever transports the bicycles on the holder behind the vehicle (on a sphere) must have a matched 50 x 50cm reflective plate which has reflective tapes on it.
There is a ban on smoking in a vehicle carrying a person under the age of 18 or a pregnant woman.

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Motorcycling in the fall

Of course, you will not like this year's wanderlust and there are still several nice days to get the bike and tour a bit, maybe make a nice weekend of it. As a regular motorcyclist, you also know that you have to take a number of things into account during those autumn rides, such as wearing a reflective vest. Situations that might be forgotten during the nice warm spring and wet but warm summer. From the KNMV, the advice came to mind a number of issues. Something that you might have thought of yourself?

Pay attention to the effects of low sun, which you can dazzle as a motorcyclist. A scratched visor does not make it better, maybe just a new mount? Low sun in the back can dazzle oncoming traffic.
Pay attention to the loose leaves, dirt and crop residues on the road
Wet roads in the shade can be slippery and freeze up
Make sure there is enough warm clothing. When your body is not the right temperature, it is not only tiresome but can also reduce response time
It gets dark earlier. Maybe just because of the fluorescent or reflective clothing? Despite that it just kind of does not look like your classic engine?
Of course, you do not drive with your dark summer visor anymore. Reflective clothing which has reflective tapes sewn-on it can produce motorcyclist's safety.  

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Antwerp brings fashionable reflective vest onto the market

Traffic is becoming increasingly busier and more insecure, but not a child that likes to wear a fluffy cloth. Because of "not cool". Young mum Julie Vets from Antwerp also experienced this problem and therefore developed reflective vests that can be seen.

In Belgium, it is not mandatory to wear a neon jacket as a weak road user, even if it can increase your visibility enormously and thus prevent accidents. Especially children are therefore advised to wear a safety clothing on the bike, but that is often against their will.

That 2018 is still no better alternative on the market, surprised Julie Vets from Antwerp. That is why she decided to take action herself. After developing prototypes, color, and print samples, searching for the right fabrics and details, the finished pieces were subjected to various investigations in order to guarantee safety. Two years later golfed is a fact.

The collection consists of modern, urban-inspired designs that are not only safe but also aesthetically pleasing. All cardigans are carefully and thoughtfully designed. Golfed uses comfortable, water-repellent and quick-drying fabrics, high visibility reflective tapes, fresh fluorescent colors and hand closures without Velcro, so that your clothes and scarves are not damaged. In addition, the collection also includes matching backpack covers. Each piece comes in a reusable package including a reflective keychain that you can attach to your book bag, for example.

Golfed focuses specifically on children and teenagers who are difficult to convince to wear a fluffy cloth. "We hope to encourage road users to move in traffic in a safe and fashion-conscious way. See and be seen is the message! "Says Julie Vets.

For sale from August 2018 in the better bicycle and concept stores and online.  

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Lower temperatures: what obligations for the employer?

Cold weather extremes can have many health consequences for outdoor workers such as agricultural workers, construction workers(who always wear reflective vests in the work)and the transport industry. Indeed, the latter is particularly exposed to the risk of frostbite, hypothermic discomfort or a decrease in their manual dexterity and their vigilance thus promoting work accidents.

In order to ensure safety and protect the health of their employees, employers are obliged to assess these risks, taking into account, among other things, physical criteria, such as the age and state of health of employees, as well as tasks they must perform. An assessment that should lead the employer to put in place appropriate individual and collective protection measures.

As such, and in accordance with the recommendations issued annually by the public authorities, employers must:
- reorganize the work, in particular by limiting the exposure of employees to the cold, by granting them adapted break times and additional recoveries, but also by encouraging work in pairs;
- set up the workstations by setting up a manual handling aid, making available a heated room to consume hot drinks and storing spare clothes or drying work clothes...;
- provide employees with cold-weather reflective clothing and equipment such as gloves or mittens, non-slip shoes, a safety helmet (iron-on reflective heat transfer vinyl)with an insulating liner and waterproof clothing.

In practice: to help employers to anticipate the risks associated with cold-weather and to better plan outdoor work, a meteorological vigilance device, updated at least twice a day, is available on the Weather website.  


Useful reflective accessories

"When people brush against me, cut me or open a door in my face," says cyclist Stephaney Richer, "their argument is always the same:" I did not see you. "Several accessories - like the orange reflective jacket, worn by Stephanie Richer - allow you to be more visible on your bike.


"The construction jackets do a great job, especially in the fall," says Pierre Boucher, a cyclist who is a member of the Face book group Winter Bike Montreal. It's cheap and it's efficient. "It's possible to buy a reflective bib(sew-on reflective fabric) for less than $ 15. More sophisticated jackets with LED light, zippered pockets, and key fasteners, like Niter Isa's Run model, retail for about $ 40. The Run bib is "easy to put on regardless of the thickness of clothing," says Suzie Lou, a follower.

Pant ties

Marc Pylon, a cyclist from Lorraine, advises wearing ankle reflective tape. "Humans get a better sense of what's moving," he says. With visible trousers, you kill two birds with one stone, since you also avoid having your pants lodged in the bike trays. Offered everywhere for about $ 5.

Reflective tape

In Ontario, the law requires that a bicycle is "equipped with white reflective strips on the front fork and red reflective strips on the rear stay," according to the Ontario Safe Cycling Guide. Mario Grimier, a Longueil who will work on a bike 12 months out of 12, has affixed a reflective tape on the fork, the stays and the mudguard of his bike. Patrick Drain, another cyclist, put some on his backpack. "Simple and effective," he judges.

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