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 2.1 Seconds, Resulting In A 90 Feet Reduction In Stopping Time.
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 2.1 seconds. That means that if a car is travelling at 30mph, that extra 2.1 seconds it takes a driver to notice the risk, would result in the car moving 92.4 feet further down the road, greatly increasing the chance of an accident. Not only that, according to the AA, an additional 75 feet would need to be added to the total stopping distance due to a driver’s thinking and braking time, totalling a shocking 167.4 feet. That’s over 11 average car lengths.
You can take our high visibility test here to see how much more quickly you can spot someone in hi-vis clothing.
What’s Impacting Our Reaction Times?
Reaction times are vital when driving, 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 fatigued, affected by drugs or when we’ve got alcohol in our system, but another major factor is distractions.
Road safety charity ‘Brake’ has been conducting surveys recently to uncover just how much drivers believe that modern day technology is distracting them whilst we’re behind the wheel. According to their In-Vehicle Distraction Report, 1.5 million licence holders said that they thought messaging and/or texting on a hand-held device while in control of a vehicle was not at all distracting, with even more saying that talking on a handheld phone didn’t cause a distraction.
Another thing to mention is darkness, and as we move into November, we’ll be seeing shorter days and that brings its own difficulties when it comes to spotting hazards from the driving seat. 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!