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Be Safe Be Seen

When the clocks go back, the nights draw in and the weather usually gets worse which means pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists can be particularly vulnerable.

However, there are a range of simple steps which anyone can take to improve their safety on the road, especially when the visibility or road conditions are poor.

We all have a responsibility to look after ourselves and each other on the roads throughout the year.

However, this is even more important during the winter months when it gets darker earlier and road conditions and visibility can be at their worst. Taking a few simple steps to make sure we can see and be seen is incredibly important and we would like everyone in the borough to make sure they stay safe.

 

Please follow our simple tips below this winter:

Pedestrians:

• Try to stick to well lit areas wherever possible

• 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.

The short video clip below illustrates the effectiveness of reflective clothing in helping cyclists stand out in dark or gloomy conditions.

 

• 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

 

Motorcyclists:

• Wearing something fluorescent during the day combined with reflective detailing for riding at night is ideal.

• If visibility is poor, use your headlights, even in daylight

• Use a clear visor or goggles with the BS4110 mark or the EC Regulation 22 type 05 mark

• Make sure your visor/goggles are clean and not fogged up (use an anti fog treatment)

 

Drivers:

• 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.

• Take time to clear any ice or snow from all your windows before driving off

• Make sure your lights are clean; grime and dirt can reduce their brightness.

• Check all your lights at least once a week and replace “blown” bulbs immediately

 

Bedford Borough Council Road Safety Team       

telephone (01234) 228336

Email road.safety@bedford.gov.uk

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