Check the difference!

In Norway, 29 percent use reflex on average. In the three northernmost counties, the average is up to 38 percent. This is confirmed by Project Manager in Trygg Trafikk, Carina Henske.

“I expect it has something to do with dark time, but we are generally too bad to use reflex in Norway,” she says.


For this reason, Trygg Trafikk wants an order to use reflexes in the country. Some care, others don’t.

It may be a good idea, should we believe Karlsson on Jula. He is happy that many people use reflex, but have a clear idea of ​​who does not use.

“The youth gives a shit fuck. To me, it’s scary that people think so differently,” he emphasizes.

And he’s not alone in that thought. In Safe Traffic you are aware of the problem.

“Youth is a difficult target group, but I think there are just as many adults who reflex,” says Henske.

At least two reflexes

She recommends having at least one reflex on each side of the body.

“Certainly at knee height on moving parts. A hang reflex or a strap up is good, four reflexes are superb,” she says.

Henske sees no tendency that there is a new trend in reflex use, but that more and more people use the vest.

“We want an order for reflexes in traffic, but it is not unknown that people are afraid to ‘destroy’ the outfit with a reflective vest over. But there are alternatives, we should believe Henske.”

Now there are more and more garments with sewn-in reflex. Then it quickly gets a little cooler.

She also brings out the so-called “microflexes” as figures and other small objects that can be used as a reflex. Although we are better at using reflexes in Northern Norway, many believe that people are too poor to travel safely in traffic.

Led tapes

A quick visit to some of Bodo’s stores shows that it is the reflective vest with reflective tape that sells best when it comes to reflex equipment.

“Especially kindergartens want the kids most visible,” says Eldar Andrè Stendal.

He is the store manager at Europris Morkved and believes that several also swear to so-called joint bands with reflective material where there are flashing lights inside the reflex that you wrap around your arm or foot.

“People are also interested in luminous figures that are often hung on a jacket or backpack,” he continues.

This is what you need to have in your car if the crisis hits

On Tuesday, several landslides took place in Sogn and Fjordane and Hordaland, after heavy rain showers.

Over 150 were evacuated from their homes, and 1,500 households lost power.

“If dangerous weather is reported, we do not recommend that people are driving. But if you still are, it is important to be prepared,” says Haavard Stensvand, emergency manager in the county of Westland.

Here is Stensvand’s advice on what you should have in the car, should the accident occur.

1. DAB radio

It is important to get updated information about the situation you are in.

“People trust that the mobile network will work, but then we see during this incident that it can be false security. Then it is important to have an alternative,” says Stensvand.

Then a battery-powered DAB radio may be wise. At least if you can’t use the radio in the car.

NRK P1 is the official emergency channel and a good source of information for crises and accidents.

2. Warm clothes

It is not stupid to have extra clothes lying in the car if you get stuck.

“There should be clothes that allow you to either get out of the car and keep warm, or stay in the car for a few hours without the engine and heater working,” says Stensvand.

3. First Aid Box

If you or someone around you get minor cuts or injuries, it is a good thing to be able to help yourself.

“Fortunately, it comes with first aid cases in many cars. It is very good to have something like this in the car,” says Stensvand.

5. Flashlight

If it is dark outside or the power goes off, a battery-powered flashlight is your best friend.

“Everyone should have this, both at home and in the car. Maybe the lights around you are taken by the avalanche. If you have to go out and go in the dark, this is useful,” says Stensvand.

6. Antibac

It is important to take care of basic hygiene, even in the car, so that no one gets unnecessarily sick.

“In recent years I have always had Antibac with me, to be on the safe side,” says Stensvand.

7. Reflective vest with reflective tape

Everyone is required by law to have a reflective vest with reflective material in the car. If you are stuck somewhere, it is wise to make yourself as visible as possible.

“Reflective vest is important, so you can be seen if a search is made,” says Stensvand.

Use reflex, it’s a cheap life insurance

Autumnal dark and rainy roads characterize many an early morning in Norwegian cities.

The Norwegian Automobile Association (NAF) warns pedestrians who leave their homes without reflection, partly because the vision of many drivers is impaired with age.

As a 60-year-old, you have lost more than half of the night vision you had as a 20-year-old.

“Impaired vision in combination with autumn darkness can create dangerous traffic situations. The soft road users, pedestrians and cyclists, are particularly vulnerable. If you use reflex, the risk of being hit by 85 percent is reduced,” says NAF communications manager Camilla System.

Will make reflex natural

The basic rule in section three of the Road Traffic Act emphasizes that everyone “must be considerate and be cautious and cautious so that no danger or injury can be caused and so that other traffic is not unnecessarily hindered or disturbed”.

This provision applies to motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and others traveling in traffic. For the soft road users, it is important to make themselves visible by using reflex and light.

But according to Ryste in NAF, it is not natural for everyone to put on the reflex before going out in the dark.

“Over 90 percent use seat belts and the goal must be that just as many use reflexes. It’s important to bring this in as a natural part of going out in the dark,” says System.

Street lights provide false security

Figures from Trygg Trafikk show that four out of ten Norwegians use reflective material, and this means they are too few.

“We are better at using reflexes on country roads than in the cities, but the street lighting provides false security. There are more pedestrian accidents in the cities than on the road,” says communications adviser Christoffer Soland Steen to Dinside.

The gender differences in reflex use are minimal: 51 percent women and 49 percent men, Trygg Trafikks reports from last year. The most common reason for not using reflex is simply oblivion.

“We are much better at making sure our children use reflexes than we are using reflexes themselves. Also, reflexes are often fitted in children’s outerwear, which also helps the children use more reflexes than us adults,” Steen adds.

Steer clear of reflective spray

You get the best visibility by using a reflective vest with reflective fabric, according to NAF. If you use other types of reflectors, it should hang at knee height to capture as much light as possible from the headlights when you are out and about, and if you have reflections on both sides you will also be more visible.

That reflective vest is the best was also shown in the reflection test Dinside wrote about last year. Also, the reflex trading net and reflex umbrella came out well.

Reflective vest is cool

Thursday was National Reflection Day. This was highlighted by the fact that Narvik municipality and police distributed reflexes to the 1st and 6th grades.

Distributed reflective vests

Those in the first grade were given yellow reflective vests, while those in the sixth grade were given reflective bands that can be used on arms or legs.

“Those who are in the 6th grade and who are sponsors are given the task of making sure that they use reflex in the first place. And you in the first-class must make sure that they in the sixth class also use reflex,” says Sigbjorn Normann at Vei and park in Narvik municipality.

Must use reflex

Sebastian Haugan Johansen (11) and Linnea Overbyhagen (11) are in sixth grade and are sponsors of the first.

“I’ll try to use the reflective tape, at least in the evenings,” says Sebastian.

Linnea thinks she gets to use her reflex tape often because she tends to go to several places in the street in the evening.

Áslat (5.5) and Kelian Sword (6) are both happy to get a reflective vest.

It is fun to use a reflective vest, and we are using it, the two say.

Students know well why reflex is important.

“It is important that we are not driven by cars and such,” says Linnea.

“There can also be a trailer, and it is important with reflex when we go down to the shore in the evening,” says Áslat.

Police officer Mats Aamodt thinks it’s good the students have such good attitudes.

“It is dark in the morning, evening and night, and it gets darker. So it is important to use reflex to be seen,” he says.

He has experienced meeting road users without reflex and knows they are hard to see. He recalls that it is extra dark and difficult to see walking without reflex now before the snow arrives, and especially when the asphalt is wet.

Use reflex

He encourages everyone to use reflex, both children, adolescents, and adults.

“Wear too much reflex rather than too little. Wear both reflective vest with reflective material and reflective tape. This applies to both children and adults,” he says.

A Man Find was Hired as Police because of His Called “Mr. Police”

An Indonesian construction worker has been employed as police because of his name – Polisi, which is Indonesian for “Police”.

He fined by traffic police with safety uniform for riding without a license on the road. But after checking his identity card, local officers decided to adopt him as their celebrity mascot. Then buying a driving license and offering an office job in their station house for him.

Polisi said that he didn’t expect it to bring him good luck. As the breadwinner for the family after his father died, Mr. Polisi was unable to afford a driving license. Now he hopes to save money to afford his younger brother’s schooling.

Starting his office job at the police station, a renew Mr. Polisi said “It’s a new experience for me, I will try to adapt to working in an office. I will do my best to ensure people’s safety on the road.” He has passed his motorcycle test with the help of the local officers. Now he is fully road legal. He will help officers conduct driving tests from now on.

As a construction before, he has to wear a safety vest sew on reflective tape during the job. Now, he is also required to wear the safety vest during the duty. But the cloth on the body means more to him. He needs to be more responsible for his job and the public than before.

“No need to paint a child in an ideal world where everyone follows the rules”

Getting your child to travel to school or in private is a great challenge for parents. Dijokait, Chief Specialist of the Vilnius County Police Headquarters Traffic Police Board, author of the book “Road Traffic Rules for Children”, says that it is up to parents how the child will behave in the street. The official says it is not enough to discuss the traffic rules with the offspring once and hope that things have become clear – responsible behavior and potential dangers need to be spoken in a language that children can understand.

Officer A.Dijokait is known by many children not only in the capital but also in other Lithuanian cities and towns – she has been teaching them the rules of road safety at various events and special lessons for more than 10 years. Groups of toddlers and teenagers are coming to the Traffic Safety Class at the Vilnius County High Police Commissariat’s Road Police Board, where attractive traffic safety lessons are being organized. In the classroom, adults are also learning: parents, educators, students, and seniors. A 15min talk with an officer about how parents can prepare their child to break into the traffic stream. Road safety lessons are spent in kindergartens, schools, special projects, and events. Can parents expect this to give their child the most important knowledge? Although I am constantly working with children of all ages, the rules of road safety are also discussed in kindergartens and schools, but the primary responsibility for this knowledge lies with the family. After all, parents are the greatest authorities of children, the best teachers, they know the peculiarities of their child, their behavior in certain situations. The conversation between parents and children about traffic safety mustn’t be abstract and one-off, but repetitive and detailed, and comments in real-life situations help a lot – pedestrian behavior with both right and wrong can help. It is not enough for a child to wish: “Be safe!” It doesn’t mean anything. Parents must teach him how to be safe. And not just to teach, but to constantly observe how he follows the rules. Of course, there is no need to formalize everything, but let’s say the topic of yesterday’s talk maybe about how well your child has crossed the street and the safety of a child’s passenger while traveling by car. As a general rule, the child should be constantly talked about and reminded of how to stay safe in traffic.

of course, there is no need to frighten children down the street: “you are going to die!”, “You will be met!”. We need to talk about the diversity of people and situations. I think the fundamental mistake would be to teach children just the rules, but not to see the danger, not to talk about how to avoid it. After all, paying for and following a rule may mean that a child is in distress – precisely because he or she has followed the rule, but another road user – the driver of a car, bike or even an electric scooter – has failed to comply! Thus, the primary purpose of traffic safety training is to present a bouquet of knowledge and to prepare the child for the journey so that the child can see and avoid the dangers of the traffic environment. A child can’t draw only an ideal world, he must understand that even in a pedestrian crossing it may be unsafe. Of course, there is no need to frighten children down the street: “you are going to die!”, “You will be met!” We need to talk about the diversity of people and situations. For example, when traveling with a child, it is possible to notice which drivers are talking on mobile phones or with passengers, explaining that such a driver may not be noticeable in the child’s crossing. Even the various children’s poems call for courageous steps, but I would say that it is not courage but wisdom and caution. Talking with your child starts with the essentials, which are that there are two parts of the streetcars for cars, sidewalks, and sidewalks – for pedestrians, and good road traffic rules to ensure safe use and harm. After all, rules do not exist anywhere if they do not exist in our daily behavior.

By what age are children well aware of the rules of the road? Kids 3 to 5 years old are worth teaching through the rules of the game, and kids 6 to 8 are very receptive, they believe in what you say, they understand and remember well. If we spend the time when the child is receptive and trustworthy, when the adults are their true authority, talking to the teenager may already be difficult as they are already learning from the wrong examples or even from their own mistakes and those around them. I would advise you to talk about road safety with children from an early age, adding to the knowledge that is relevant to the age of the child and would be used daily in real life. It is important to understand that the rules of the road, just like the provisions in the booklet, are too abstract for children. They need a playful presentation, they need to speak his language, then it will be clear. For example, young children often do not distinguish between left and right and this is normal until a certain age. This can be taught through play – songs, exercises, reminders that we eat, write and so on with the right.

What other traffic situations are often left aside when talking to children? It is a mass event and various celebrations – it is necessary to talk to the children that in such cases it is not possible to jump between cars, it is necessary to look for the driver to notice and stop the vehicle. Children also need to be told about the stopping distance of the car, as they demonstrate during the lessons that they expect the car to stop faster than is possible. Few people talk about moving cars in reverse and after all, the accidents that happen are related. Although the driver has to be very environmentally aware while reversing, I explain to the children that everything is possible – his car windows have become dirty or frosted and he has had to clean himself, or he talks on the phone and so on. It is important to point out to the child that he can guess from the sound of moving the car backward, that he can see smoke in the winter, and finally that we all see white lights. Such signals indicate that the machine is moving. What other important things should parents take care of when allowing their child to travel to school on their own? I am glad to see more and more children wearing bright clothes, reflective vests, backpacks, accessories with reflective materials. Parents mustn’t shy away from buying such brightly colored clothing and dress their offspring with it. Adults need to ensure that not only does the child have a reflective tape, carry it, but also learn how to fasten correctly. After all, it is often the case that the only reflector on the backpack and the child is on the highway before the vehicle traffic and is invisible sides (pockets), on a long strip for knee height and free-swinging. If there is a second reflector, let it be on the other hand. The more reflectors on all sides, the more likely it is to be noticed by the driver. Reflectors are optional in cities or other illuminated areas, but I think they are necessary and very important during the dark hours of the day, especially when there is fog, rain or snow. It is safe to say that the reflector is a must, a need and a fashion.

The spikes of cyclists and road safety specialists are still crossed

For four years, cyclists have been on the road with reflective vests or headlights on for the day. The rules quite old and dissatisfaction is still going on, but traffic safety specialists do not promise to come down. Like cyclists. Old changes Increasing the number of bicycles in cities is one of the cornerstones of sustainable mobility plans currently being prepared by Lithuanian municipalities. Many of them are likely to have phrases such as promoting clean vehicles and building infrastructure for them. Cities are trying to show, through a variety of means, that they want to become more attractive to those who drive an alternative vehicle, such as straight cycle paths, lines where they cannot be drawn, and bicycle signs. Action is underway, but by observing such work, the cycling community is pointing the finger at adopted laws and regulations governing road safety, which, they say, only make cycling worse and sometimes even discourage them from choosing this vehicle. The biggest misunderstanding cyclists cite in a 2014 government decree is the requirement to wear a high visibility vest with light reflectors or turn on white light on the front of a bicycle and a red one on the back of a bicycle during daytime driving. The combination of these three measures is a must for a cyclist when he is moving in the driveway during the dark hours of the day. Even angrier was the ban on crossing the carriageway when using pedestrian crossings.

Marius Kučinskas, an active cyclist, surveyed the social network Facebook group “Lithuanian Cyclists’ Society”, asking cyclists whether they are following the changes to the KET that took effect on October 1, 2014. When asked whether cycling through pedestrian crossings, the vast majority of cyclists answered yes. Ask whether the cyclists wear a vest or turn on the lights during daylight hours, 64%. Of those surveyed, 36% said that they travel without reflectors or a vest. claimed to have used at least one of the above tools. It is true that when looking at the results of respondents from different cities, there are differences in approach. In Vilnius, as much as 57 percent. cyclists are reluctant to wear reflective vests with reflective tapes and turn on lights; Kaunas cyclists also claimed daytime running with lights on or wearing a vest. M. Kucinskas says that this is not a representative survey, but it reveals the general attitude of cyclists towards the changes imposed on them. “I have repeatedly appealed to the Ministry of Transport to discuss changes to these rules, but the ministry’s specialists are silent on the possibility of proposing to the Government to amend a ruling made four years ago, arguing that such a change was necessary and contributed significantly to safer cyclists participation in traffic, “said M.Kucinskas. The same was confirmed to the newspaper by Vidmantas Pumputis, Senior Advisor of the Road Transport and Civil Aviation Policy Department of the Ministry of Transport and Communications. “No changes are being planned to this KET point,” he commented laconically. However, active cyclists do not stop pedaling and letting their hands down – they have put forward their suggestions to several members of the Seimas and hope that their views will be heard. As the aforementioned amendments to the KET were adopted by a Government resolution, they may be rendered irrelevant by the Seimas by adopting the relevant amendments to the Law on Road Traffic Safety. As the ruling is against the law, it should be amended or waived. Everything about safety Stasys Brundza, a Member of the Seimas last year, says he doesn’t understand cyclists’ reluctance to ride with lights on or wearing reflective vests. “After all, such decisions have been made to improve the visibility of cyclists on the road. Even when subjected to the weather, cyclists do not park their vehicles in pantries or balconies, and visibility is now extremely low, making it much easier for drivers to spot with light or bright reflective clothing. Is it so difficult to buy a light bulb costing several or ten euros to contribute to your safety and that of others on the road? ” the former MP did not hide his surprise. There’s another reason why cyclists should ride with lights on and vests on, so the driver can identify them as faster-moving road users, he said. “In poorer weather conditions, cyclists can confuse a cyclist with a pedestrian – cycling and pedestrian heights are quite similar, and speeds vary several times, so the driver, just after looking into a pedestrian circle, should understand how fast they are moving and not in between, like cyclists,” Brundza shared his thoughts.

Helmets for everyone?

He also said he did not understand why it was not accepted for many years that all cyclists should wear helmets. They are now mandatory for cyclists and cyclists under the age of 18, according to KETs, and only recommended for those over 18. “Foreign scientists have long proven that about 50% of cyclists who have been involved in accidents have head injuries that could have been avoided if cyclists were wearing helmets,” the MP said. Cyclist M.Kucinskas, who communicated with the daily newspaper, said that such regulation would also seem appropriate and necessary for him. The brand would also recommend the use of helmets for scooters, who are increasingly found on city streets.

Explained what drivers forget to do when a car crashes on the road

Drivers who stop in the event of an accident or accident on the road often underestimate the circumstances and fail to take care of their safety, confident driving professionals. Making sure they are perfectly visible, they often carelessly enter the driveway, even at dusk, which results in serious injuries or even death.

There is no shortage of cases of passing car accidentally losing drivers in the car they drive. Many accidents occur during the dark hours of the day, as although the car must have a reflective vest sew on reflective tape and be worn when leaving the vehicle, the frequent driver does not have one at all or is so far away that it is not possible to reach it quickly.

Trouble is because people do not appreciate such situations properly. Here is how I saw the accident today while driving home in Vilnius: “a small car collided with a minibus. The minibus driver stopped in the far left of the road and ran across the road to the right lane to ask if everything was OK with the other driver. And they did it all on the street, where the traffic flow is 80 km / h. and faster,” said Olga Zidovlenkova, an instructor at the driving school Amplius LT, grinning. First of all, she said, drivers need to realize that in the event of a breakdown, something should stop as far as possible. Even when the car door is stopped in the street, the instructor says, you have to check that there are no passers-by and can block the car. Finally, you should only get out of the car when it is safe to do so. The reflective vest must always be readily accessible to the driver. “And be sure to wear a vest with reflective material. This must always be in hand in the car. In the worst-case scenario, the driver should at least put on a few reflectors before driving on the street,” the interviewer said. Also, the instructor reminded that when the car is forcibly stopped, the Road Traffic Code (KET) states that it is mandatory to turn on the hazard warning light. “The car must blink, and if the emergency lights aren’t on, then a flashlight on the back of the phone can be placed so that passers-by can navigate,” she said. Forgotten Emergency Stop Signs The instructor spoke if there is no emergency light, it is defective, or if the car is stopped where the car is stopped by other road users less than 100 meters away, it is mandatory to park it on the side of the carriageway. emergency stop sign.

It is specified that in settlements such a sign should be placed at least 25 meters away from a stopped vehicle and outside settlements at least 50 meters away. If the car breaks down, you need to make sure that it is visible and wait for assistance while standing still on the sidewalk where it is safe. “However, very often people forget this rule and don’t make the triangle at all. Although I would say that sometimes two such signs would come in handy, one farther away, the other closer, because often passing cars overtake or cross the sign and are no longer visible. It turned out that truck drivers often use two signs,” commented the specialist. Not for safety, but for roadworthiness Finally, according to O. Zhidovlenkova, some accidents happen because drivers and passengers of a broken car are parked in the driveway for some reason. “Without reflective vests, especially in the weather like now, early morning or evening, they are simply invisible. If the car breaks down, you need to make sure that it is visible and wait for assistance while standing still on the sidewalk where it is safe,” the specialist emphasized.

The driving instructor also had complaints about uninhibited drivers, who do not realize that the list of must-have items on the car is not just listed on the KET itself. “It seems to everyone, for example, that the same reflective vests should be worn for maintenance and not for their safety. It has been repeatedly seen when drivers borrow everything they should have before the roadworthiness test. Probably if you stopped ten cars on the street right now, maybe only three would have everything mandatory,” a traffic safety expert predicted.

Do you know how and where to place the emergency stop sign?

Although drivers do not expect or wait for an emergency, they need to wear a reflective vest with reflective tape and an emergency stop sign in addition to a fire extinguisher, a safety kit and driving. However, do drivers know how to properly place this sign and what else to do?

Driving instructor Paulius Kazėnas says that keeping this right is not always given enough attention and that drivers who get caught in an emergency are often forgotten about how to behave. “The first thing to do in a situation like this is, of course, to turn on the emergency light. However, this alone is not enough and regardless of the time of day, it is recommended to wear a bright colored reflective vest before leaving the car for better visibility,” the specialist said.

However, before doing this, alone, again, this is not enough – you also need to put up an emergency stop sign. The Road Traffic Code (KET) stipulates that if the vehicle is parked at a standstill where the vehicle is stopped by other road users less than 100 meters away, the driver of a motor vehicle, tractor, to place an emergency stop sign immediately on the side of the carriageway on the side of the carriageway: not less than 25 m in settlements and not more than 50 m from settlements in non-settlements. potentially impaired visibility of the vehicle to other drivers. The instructor also advised that the estimated distances can be estimated in steps.

Reminded scooter drivers of where they can go and when to use a helmet

Cyclists and scooters rush through the city streets and sidewalks as the weather warms. Although the latter vehicle has taken to the streets until recently, it has become one of the favorites. However, it is noteworthy that frequent scooter drivers still forget that it is not only a vehicle for entertainment but also a vehicle, and its drivers must comply with all Road Traffic Rules (Road Traffic Rules).

Scooters, especially electric scooters, are often seen as a pastime by city dwellers, but Laurynas Jovaišas, the chief inspector of the Lithuanian Transport Safety Administration, reminds that people should remember that the requirements of the KET for bicycle riders combustion engine or electric motor, of an output not exceeding 1 kW and capable of a speed of not more than 25 km / h.

How to ride a scooter As with conventional or electric bikes, scooter riders need to be aware of and adhere to all KETs. Electric scooters can be used to cycle along bicycle lanes and lanes or, if they do not, to sidewalks or the right of the road. Electric scooter drivers must keep as close to the right edge as possible while moving in the driveway, only when turning left, turning, overtaking, or when only the right lane is allowed from the first lane.

In all cases, the scooter driver must pay attention to the KET and ensure pedestrian safety when riding the sidewalk. For example, a pedestrian scooter can only drive at pedestrian speeds of up to 6-7 km / h. speed.

When deciding to ride a scooter, it is advisable to first wear a helmet and other protective equipment, and first test the acceleration of this vehicle before driving. The choice of wearing a helmet or not is indeed restricted to persons of legal age, and those under 18 years of age must always wear a helmet. Also, when driving at night, the scooter driver should turn on the white lights on the front of the scooter and the red lights near the rear wheel. Scooter drivers must wear a bright-colored safety vest with reflective tapes, both at night and during daytime driving. Please note that the scooter can only be used on the driveway if its brakes and acoustic signal are in good working order.

Not All It is true that electric scooters, by their technical characteristics, can be classified as mopeds. If the vehicle is capable of a speed of between 25 and 45 km / h and has a maximum net power of between 1 kW and 4 kW, it is classified as a moped.

Such vehicles must be registered, have valid roadworthiness tests and civil liability insurance, and must be licensed by AM or any other relevant category. Those who disregard the order and do not have the necessary documents would be subject to administrative liability. Information prepared in cooperation with the Lithuanian Road Administration under the Ministry of Transport and Communications.