How to avoid accidents in autumn

Whether pedestrian, cyclist or motorist, in the fall, visibility is reduced, especially when the days are narrowing with the passage in wintertime. Here are some road safety tips to see and be seen.


In autumn, we review its rules of road safety

Whether you are a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist, in the fall, visibility is reduced, especially when it is time for winter. The risks of accidents are increasing. In 2015, road mortality increased for the second consecutive year, both at national and regional level, while the 2014 balance sheet was rather positive (-8 killed or -4.1% compared to 2013 in Central France). Since the beginning of 2016 (from January to September), according to the figures of the Regional Observatory of Road Safety Center-Val de Loire, we note an increase in the number of dead (+2 killed + 4%) -the trend is similar at the national level (+76 killed or + 3.1%) – compared to the previous year. Here are some safety rules to follow.


Pedestrians: 10 rules recommended by road safety

  • On the sidewalk, walk away from the edge
  • Avoid getting off the road
  • Pay attention to vehicles
  • Along a road or street with no sidewalk, walk to the left of the roadway. At night, wear light clothing or a reflective accessory
  • Use pedestrian crossings to cross or, failing that, search for the safest place
  • Before crossing, look left, right, then left again before committing. In the middle of the road, look again to the right
  • At the traffic lights, wait until the guy has gone green to cross. Make sure all vehicles are stopped
  • Never run to cross
  • Be very careful about bicycles and motorcycles that sneak between cars
  • At a crossroads, when crossing, pay attention to vehicles coming from other streets even you wear the safety vest




Not all the gold that shines – Reflections

As we promised in the previous article, once a month, we will be posting information about motorbike reflexes. Let’s increase our visibility and thus improve our security. The time has come for news from the world of glitter. The first question should be “how are the glare”?


Retro reflection – is the principle on which glare works. It consists in the fact that the light (such as the car’s reflector) bounces off the reflective material and returns to its source. Reflective materials are characterized by such a structure that the light is reflected in the direction of the closest one is that of which it falls (not only when it falls perpendicularly). This structure is made up of special elements placed on the material – glass microspheres or fine acrylic prisms.


Describing these technical details we had a specific goal. Since we already know how glare works, the next question should be, do all glitters “shine”? There are two ways to check if your motorcycle glare is working:

Take a picture with your flash phone flashing at a distance of about 6m. If you see a characteristic flash in your photo, your flashes are OK. After a few washings of your motorcycle clothing with reflective elements perform such a treatment again. If the image is the same effect, it means that your glare is of good quality. Unfortunately, it often happens that non-certified reflectors lose their value after several washings (fluorescent material and reflective tape lose their properties).

The other way is to memorize this abbreviation – EN 471. If the reflectors are certified then the label should indicate that the product has been made from EN 471 compliant material or the product complies with EN 471.


How have you taken photos of different reflectors?

The creators of the Hen Vision campaign intentionally took pictures with a mobile phone with flash so that everyone could perform such a test themselves. Magazine where photos were taken – the light is minimized through the windows over the model.


We have two types of photos:

Light coming through the window + fluorescent light

Turn off the fluorescent light (imitation of the twilight)

Photos show how different glare is available on the market. It’s great that you want to ride in the glare. However, our article is to educate what to look for when buying reflective accessories.


What defines EN 471?

EN 471 is High Visibility Warning Clothing for Professional Use. The standard specifies clothing requirements that visually signal the presence of the wearer to be seen and seen in hazardous conditions at night, daylight and headlights. It’s specifies the visibility class of the reflective, fluorescent material, and reflective grade depending on your reflectivity.


This article contains some technical information regarding glare. Why do we write about it? Because we have met several times with the actions of many companies, who wanted to promote their brand, they distributed various glare, most often vest. The objectives of the action were noble, but unfortunately these vests were often not certified, so they did not glitter in artificial light. So someone in Poland has developed and put on a reflective waistcoat to increase visibility. It moves in the dark in the dark, with the awareness of “I am visible”. And here a surprise – the glare does not “shine” and we have a tragedy.


If we are wearing reflective clothing, please note that our reflective motorcycle vests, belts or braces are certified and light. Motorcyclist “Let’s get noticed”

Reflective material for safety significance

I am aware that I throw stones in glass houses, but why cannot more pedestrians and cyclists using reflective vest ? It’s a cheap life insurance.


Rain, bad weather and darkness are a lethal combination for all road-users. Now the autumn is about to replace the winter, so it seems to be even darker and gloomier when the sun goes down. The little light is absorbed effectively by the powers of darkness. Therefore, it is especially important to ensure that it is visible.


In a short drive, which was only a few kilometers long, in the central city last week occurred some incidents that could have ended badly. The first came at a crosswalk. A woman in dark clothes, drivers can’t see clearly when she standing on the roadside. She looked obviously our car, thought well that we saw her in the least bad light from the streetlights, and stepped right out.

I saw the woman, and there was never any danger. But if I run any faster or if she had more urgent it could have gone badly.


Three crossings away was the next incident. A child with a bike would go across the street, but just looked at us as we approached the crosswalk. I stayed; of course, the child began to walk but did not bill that came from the other side. The driver of the car did not at first see the baby; I had a horrible feeling in the body but at the last moment slowed the car. The boy or girl never saw the other car but walked blithely on.


Had the baby reflexes? No!

As I sat in the car, I thought of a story I did for the next ten years ago. Hansson, who was adviser to the NTF for several years, he demonstrated with a simple example of the big difference between using reflective accessory or not.

He had dark clothes and stood 75 meters from the car in a parking lot in although the lighting was the glimpse was Hansson only as a vague shadow. We turned off the lights and when we lit it again, Putte had taken on a reflective vest and seemed just fine.


Image-wise, it was simple and good. Nothing revolutionary, with a clear proof that the little fabric and reflective material can save lives.

Two comparative pictures said it all, far more than the classic 1000 words.

Imagine if more looked and thought to?

But it is not too late. All we can do better. Not least, I do.

Fatal accident: a teenager dead without wearing safety vest

A 15-year-old was driving a motorcycle without wearing a safety vest of 125 cc in the evening of Saturday, October 22, when he collided with a minibus to the Cossigny Street. He was transported to Victoria Hospital where his death was confirmed.


Oliver did not survive his injuries. The van that crashed was led by J. Rajkumar, 42. The motorcycle had no license plate. In addition, its lighthouse was damaged and the motorcyclist was not wearing a reflective vest.


The driver of the minibus was taken to the police station, where he was tested for alcohol, which was negative.


Questioned in the presence of his Sunday law of man, he told how the accident occurred. “I was leaving to go Vacoas Road toward St. Paul. The Cossigny street motorcycle that came at high speed crashed into me, “said the driver.

Motorcycle enthusiast


After interrogation he appeared before the Bail and Remand Court under a provisional charge of manslaughter. He found parole after providing a surety of Rs 10,000.


According to a police source, the motorcycle belongs to a relative of the teenager. The autopsy concluded that he died from his multiple injuries.


In nearby Oliver Block F1, Cardinal Avenue, Beau homes, there is consternation. His mother Cindy, 34, said to be saddened by the tragic death of his son. “He was a motorcycle enthusiast. There are three months, he abandoned his studies and worked as assistant driver with his grandfather. My son was living with my parents because I am separated from my husband. ”

“He used to go out with friends at night, but not take any reflective accessory “says the thirty. The survey, conducted by the sergeant, is under the supervision of the chief inspector and ASP.


The chief inspector, of the Traffic Branch, says the Daily Challenge at the age of 15, one can only get a learner or a license for a motorcycle not exceeding 50 cc. “It is 17 years a young person can get a learner or a driving license for a motorcycle. And to obtain a driving license for a car and other vehicles must be 18, “he says.

Here fear mothers that lives may be lost

Residents in Monika are terrified to go along way. Now they are demanding that coming establish a cycle path.

Toddler’s mothers Heller Ridderseth Hind, Elisabeth Runes and Merete Welled goes with heart in my throat every time the rolling walks along the road in Monika. In 60-zone waiting schoolchildren in reflective accessories on the bus, parents wheeling prams and people are walking. It is a risky sport, believes mothers.

It is a known fact among the residents out here that it is dangerous to walk along the way, says Heller Ridderseth Hind.

It was Sunday morning that Hind had enough. When she went for a walk with six month old Sana, she had to jump into the ditch with the stroller to avoid being hit.

I thought that this stops. Imagine if there was a child who walked alone along the road, she says.

Thus she created the group “We requiring pedestrian and cycle in Monika before lives are lost” on Face book. Since then, nearly 300 people “liked” group.

One would almost think that there must be an accident here until something is done, says Hind.

They all have experienced scary situations along the way, and say that they are not the only ones.

My partner was hit by a car bearing and the cars running so close to the kids that they can take on cars as they pass, says Elisabeth Runes.

There is a lot of traffic along the road, both cars and heavy transport. Only during the five minutes iTromsø stood with the mothers at the way it happened almost an accident between two trucks because of high speed.

We feel almost unwelcome on the road. Cars pushing us out of the ditch, says Merete Welled.

I have experienced that vehicle has flashed with long lights against me, even though I’m wearing a safety vest. Most running nicely, but some create very scary situations, says Runes.

In recent years, many families settled in the area. School-age children need to Skjelnan School, and most diverting bus. Then they both cross the road and wait for the bus while other heavy vehicles and passenger cars driving past.

It is very bad streetlights here. When it’s dark, it’s especially scary to walk here, said Hind.

Residents in the area were earlier this year informed that the Public Roads Administration had allocated money to develop pedestrian and bicycle lanes in Monika. They claim that they were told that the work would start early this fall. Still nothing has happened.

There is a desperate situation. I’m tired of going with your heart in your throat, says Hind.

City Councilor for Urban Development, Ragni Løkholm Romberg (Ap), says that from the municipality is a priority job to put in place cycle path outside urban areas.

Pedestrian in reflective clothing and cycle path will be constructed, and the Public Roads Administration has worthy planned pathways, says Romberg.

Erin Anne Blip, project manager at the investment section of the NPRA, says that efforts to draft a cycle path in the area against Monika are underway.

We are currently preparing now, and during November, we seek out the job to tender, says Blip.

She says that excavation work will begin next year.

Then we will continue to dig from the time the field’s end by Skjelnan and 500 to 700 meters further towards Monika, says Blip.

Reflective accessory prevent traffic injury

Lithuanian police invite Lithuanian residents to be on the road more human, more tolerant and caring. Officials urge to think not only about themselves but also about the safety of others. People are encouraged to behave on the road under all security Statistics announced that the world’s roads each year kills about 1.3 million people.

Up to 50 million people injured without reflective accessories and left disabled. In developed countries, mortality from injuries is 3 places in accordance with the cause of death. The World Health Organization predicts that by 2020. Road death toll could rise to 1.9 million.

Despite the fact that over the past 20-30 years, the European Union countries reduces injuries and better implementation of safety measures in all European Union Member injury remains the leading child and adolescent causes of death.

Unsafe speed and aggressive driving, driving while intoxicated and tired, ignoring seat belts, technically irregular use of the car, and respect for other road users and the lack of accidents – this lethal cocktail of the European Union’s roads every year kills about 40 thousand. People’s lives, and for unintentional injuries each year needlessly killed about 10 000 children. It registered a total of 3,312 traffic accidents, fatalities – 297, wounded 3975th.

Globally, road traffic crashes have become the leading cause of death among 15-29 year old young people. Almost half of them are killed on roads by pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Many people were injured, frequent remained lifelong disability.

However, in order to prevent very effectively helps used measures that reduce child victims of unintentional injuries, the number, for example:

Children’s car seats possession against the direction of travel – 90-95% less injuries;

Vehicle speed limit to 32 km / h. Entering zones – 70% fewer deaths;

In a global Decade of Road Safety Action Plan is a defined area of ​​the main lines of action, which could save hundreds of lives and Lithuania. Lithuania also contributes to the World Health Organization Road Safety Decade for 2011-2020. And supports the WHO initiative around the world to stabilize and reduce fatalities and trauma roads. It is important to contribute to raising awareness and a more cultured traffic participant educates various public groups.

It is necessary to constantly educate Lithuanian citizens behave safely on the road, wearing reflectors, seat belts, cycling – helmet, teach choose a safe speed and driving while intoxicated.

Improving the licensing and training system, with a special focus on young novice drivers (first aid compulsory education quality, these skills upgrading every few years). The aging of European society is increasingly important to keep elderly people’s right to mobility and the needs of older road users.

Important continuous work with children, learning how to safely cross the street safely rides a bike, the importance of wearing helmets and carrying reflectors.

For students it is important enough to develop road safety skills: provide risky traffic situations; to detect and evaluate sources of danger; formation of the traffic situation in an image; function properly – make the right decision.

Education on road safety issues important to include the mandatory training programs and carry out all the compulsory school attendance period.

Health education and disease prevention center reminds parents that our small – sensitive users, who are often injured on the road. Each of us must ensure that our children reach school safely and return home safely.

Safe routes to and from school (Parenting):

Teach your children how to behave letter (“zebra”) and the regulated pedestrian crossings and intersections. The child needs to know that in order to cross the street, it must first stop, and first look to the left, then right, then left again and convinced that the way is clear, go across the street. Do not go across the street at a red traffic light.

Explain to your child what traffic lights what it means to the driver and pedestrian.

Particular, it is important to go at a time when, in fact, will be the lessons start and end, efforts should be made to keep things real.

Do not allow one child to go home after the first day of school. Later also regularly check whether it behaves as you learned together, whether it affects the behavior of other children. Make sure the child on the road no new hazardous locations such as construction sites.

Keep in mind that the greatest influence on a child doing your own behavior on the street, so it always shows the good example! Praise your child and let him in vain for something to fear. Sometimes the transformed roles – Allow the child to bring you to the school and on the way to show dangerous places. Thus, to find out which local child looks unsafe and can cause problems.

Select the safest way to school and back, even if it is slightly longer. Small bypass can significantly reduce the risk.

Explain to your child that pedestrian crossings marked “Zebra” and regulated the traffic light; you need to be careful, because a lot of drivers still fail to comply with traffic rules.

Make sure that your child always go out of the house on time and do not rush him. Yes it nepridarys reckless mistakes.

If you can, let your child go to school or return home alone, especially if you live in the countryside.

Before starting your child to use public transport or school bus, you need to practice. Drive several times with your child and teach him how to behave in public transport, going to the station and anticipation.

Make sure that the child would go out of the house in time to stop and go without rushing. If a child is late to press ahead and fear, his behavior may be unpredictable and reckless.

It should not be forgotten that they must keep a safe distance from the roadway, out the door and climbing into a vehicle.

Constantly remind your child that street or road you can go just for a bus or other vehicle and walking must be especially careful. Best of all – wait until the vehicle run away.

It is very important that children wear bright clothing and have light reflectors.

The child’s clothes or sew attach additional reflectors. Reflectors can be trailed, like the backpack. Such reflectors can be seen from all sides.

When buying a jacket, shoes and other clothing, pay attention to the fact that its components are made of reflective materials. Then you will be sure that the child will be on the road already visible from afar.

Children from birth learn to imitate, so it is very important that adults, especially show them a good example. After all, children can see and emulate both desirable and undesirable adult behavior patterns. This is why you go on foot and riding a bike or car, only to show the kids a good example.