BE seen and be safe – that’s the message to all road users in Nottinghamshire as the clocks go back an hour next weekend.
Nottinghamshire County Council is reminding pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike to make themselves more visible during the dark winter nights.
British Summer Time comes to an end at 2am on Sunday, 30th October, and the clocks will go back one hour. That means that evenings will become noticeably darker, with dusk falling as early as 4pm – just as schoolchildren are travelling home and rush hour begins.
The County Council is urging youngsters to wear fluorescent or bright clothing in the daytime and reflective material at night to make them more visible to drivers.
At the same time, motorists are being urged to use their headlights so that not only can they see other road users but they, themselves, can be seen.
Without reflective clothing or accessories a pedestrian or cyclist is only visible, in low beam headlights, from 30 metres away. By wearing or using reflective items they become visible at 150 metres, giving drivers five times the distance to notice and avoid them.
Cyclists should have their front and rear lights lit, have red rear reflectors and amber pedal reflectors, and have white front reflectors and spoke reflectors.
Motorcyclists should ensure they are as visible as possible from the side as well as the front and rear, wear fluorescent/reflective clothing during the day and evening to improve their chances of being seen, keeping dipped headlights on during the day can also improve visibility.
“With the evenings drawing in and the clocks going back, children find themselves travelling to and from school in poor light,” said Coun Richard Jackson, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet member for transport and highways.
“Drivers have many things to concentrate on and unless children are very visible, they can easily merge into the background.
“Motorists should also ensure they can be seen by other road users and should put their lights on whenever the light is dim, or in bad weather.
“Whether you’re a pedestrian or a road user, we can all play our part in helping to make sure Nottinghamshire’s roads are a safe place to be during these dark winter months.”