According to police statistics, autumn and winter is the time when there are many road accidents, victims of which are pedestrians and cyclists. According to uniform, this is because visibility on the road is significantly reduced, pedestrians and cyclists do not care for such basic items as reflections, and drivers do not attach importance to the light in the cars are efficient and well-set.
Only in 2017 on Polish roads, the police recorded 32,760 accidents in which 2,131 people lost their lives. Unfortunately, the summary of this year will be similar, and perhaps even more tragic.
"Normal reflective bands or reflective vests can really save your life. Attached to children's backpacks, jacket sleeves and trouser legs should be mandatory equipment before leaving the house. This is extremely important especially in small towns and villages, where most roads are poorly or even unlit," emphasize members of the MF Rally Team crew.
It's worth to be walking with reflections
Reflections in the form of bands and hangers make the drivers able to see pedestrians and cyclists even during poor road conditions and limited visibility. The ideal solution is reflective vests and even jackets and sweatshirts with reflective fabrics. These make pedestrians really visible, and therefore safe.
"A cyclist or pedestrian dressed in a garment without reflective materials is visible by the driver from a distance of about 20-30 meters, and if he is wearing reflections is visible from a distance of 130-150 meters. This is very important because a car that travels at 50km / h to break need about 30 meters. At a higher speed - 100km / h, the car needs about 50 meters," convinces the MF Rally Team.
Cyclists on the road must be visible
It is encouraging that the number of conscious and well-visible cyclists is increasing year by year. Still, not all cyclists take to heart the fact that good reflections or bicycle light dramatically increase their safety.
"Before setting out on a journey, it is worth checking if we have a front and rear lamp, whether we have reflectors on the wheels. The reflective elements should also be on backpacks," says the MF Rally Team rally driver.
In accordance with the law
According to the regulations in force, everyone moving outside the built-up area after twilight must have at least one reflective element, which will be visible to other road users. Previously, only children and adolescents under 15 years of age had such a provision. The amendment to the Law on Road Traffic imposes the obligation of having reflections on all pedestrians and cyclists, regardless of their age.