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Be Seen, Be Safe!

Bedford Borough Council is urging all road users to take extra care on the roads ahead of the clocks going back at the end of the month.

 

When the clocks go back and the nights draw in, the British weather invariably gets worse which leads to a loss of visibility on the roads and pedestrians and cyclists are particularly vulnerable.

 

There are a range of simple steps you can take to improve your safety on the road, especially when the visibility or road conditions are poor.

 

On a dark wet day, wearing dark clothing means it will be hard for motorists to see you. Ideally, you should wear something florescent, or at least lightly coloured and for maximum visibility and safety wear something reflective.

 

Cyclists must have lights on their bike. A reasonable set of lights will set you back £10 but not having them could cost you a fine of £30. So it makes sense to be safe and be seen. 

 

Please follow our simple tips to stay safe during the winter:

 

Pedestrians:

• Try to stick to well lit areas
• Do not wear dark clothing. Fluorescent is ideal during the day and if possible use reflective clothing at night, if not, wear lightly coloured clothes
• Be aware of your surroundings and look out for cars and cyclists.

 

Cyclists:

• Do not wear dark clothing. Fluorescent is ideal during the day and if possible use reflective clothing at night, if not, wear lightly coloured clothes. 
• Make sure you have lights on your bike.
• In addition to lights, you should have reflectors on your bike (red at the back, white and front and amber on the pedals). Also, make sure the reflectors can be seen and aren’t covered by bags, coats or overhanging clothes.
• Be aware of your surroundings and other vehicles on the road

 

Driver:

• If visibility is poor, use your headlights, even in daylight.
• Don’t drive at all with misty windows. Wait a couple more minutes for your windscreen and windows to clear.
• Make sure your lights are clean; grime and dirt can reduce their brightness.

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