Now that the clocks have gone back and the evenings are becoming darker earlier, remember to be extra vigilant if you are out and near roads during the evening.
When the evenings are darker, children are even more vulnerable on the roads than usual. This is because they will spend more time outdoors during hours of darkness when visibility levels for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are reduced.
Knowsley Council’s Road Safety team has provided important information to the teachers and parents at every primary school in the borough. They are asking parents and carers to remind children of how difficult it is for them to be seen by drivers and the importance of being even more careful when they are outside during hours of darkness.
Whether you’re young or old, a pedestrian or cyclist, here are some tips on how you can be bright and be seen and help to make yourself more visible to other road users:
- Wear brightly coloured or fluorescent clothing during daylight hours but remember that this doesn’t show up in the dark!
- When it is dark you need to wear reflective items such as vests, sashes and wristbands. Many high street stores now sell children’s coats and shoes that incorporate reflective strips or bands.
- Accessorise with items such as clip-on reflectors, armbands and stickers on your clothes or bag
- Remember to have clean and working lights on your bike at night. Lights should be white at the front and red at the back. Having a rear reflector and spoke reflectors is a great idea too.
- Take routes that are well-lit and cross at places that are lit
Children may also like this website which includes interactive games about being bright and being seen. http://talesoftheroad.direct.gov.uk/be-bright.php