Pedestrian safety: Use retroreflectors in the dark
Illustration photo taken for my former employer, Trygg Trafikk (The Council for Road Safety in Norway), for use in articles and press releases concerning the benefits of wearing protective retroreflectors in the dark season.
Editorial use of this photo is royalty free, provided the attribution Photo: Jørgen Schyberg/Trygg Trafikk.
In the dark, wearing a retroreflector will reduce a pedestrian's risk of being hit by a car by 85 percent.
A retroreflector will make you visible to the driver at a distance of 140 metres, with low-beams, or even at 400 metres, if the car has its high-beams on.
Without a retroreflector, you will be visible only at a distance of 25-30 metres, which equals about two seconds when the car's speed is 50 km/h (31 mph). Subtract a second of reaction time, and you understand that's not a lot of time for the driver to brake.