The Importance Of High Visibility16 October 2020
In the first part of our road awareness campaign, we brought to light the shocking amount of drink driving related accidents that have taken place across Britain over the past 10 years. Today we bring you part two of the campaign, this time looking at the importance of high visibility clothing.
At the time of writing this, we are a week away from the clocks changing and it’s already getting a lot darker, a lot sooner, so there’s never been a more important time to remember to wear your ‘hi-vis’ garments and accessories. If you’re in or around busy roads in particular, make sure you stand out as much as possible in the darker months that are speedily racing in.
HI-VIS Clothing Reduces Drivers’ Reaction Time By 1.3 Seconds
Here at Leasing Options we created a test to demonstrate how important wearing high-visibility clothing is when it comes to helping improve a driver’s reaction time. Our initial results of the test show that if someone is wearing high visibility clothing, reaction times are reduced by 1.3 seconds. That means that if a car is travelling at 30mph, that extra 1.3 seconds it takes a driver to react, would result in the car moving 57.2 feet further down the road, greatly increasing the chance of an accident.
You can take our high visibility test here to see how much more quickly you can spot someone in hi-vis clothing.
HI-VIS Improves Drivers’ Reaction Times
Reaction times are vital when driving, as it can be the difference between a scary ‘near-miss’ and a terrible accident. In order to stay safe when driving, we’re told never to get behind the wheel when we’re tired, affected by drugs or when we’ve got alcohol in our system. The latter in particular, as over the last 40 years 1-in-18 drink driving crashes have caused a death, with 1-in-3 causing serious injury. These, amongst many other things, are constantly reiterated to us due to the impact they have on a driver’s reaction time.
However, darkness is another factor that can drastically reduce a driver’s reaction time. And no matter how aware a driver is, pedestrians, dog walkers, cyclists and anyone else that will be near or around busy roads, over the next few months in particular, must take the adequate precautions before heading outside.
One vital precaution should be to wear some high visibility clothing.