A black winter coat may be elegant – but it is certainly not. If you are a pedestrian or cyclist in the dark time on the road, you should wear something with reflective tape.
In the dark season, pedestrians and cyclists are particularly vulnerable to road traffic. Dull autumn or winter weather and the early dawning darkness ensure that drivers can recognize the weaker traffic later. Therefore, one should wear light clothing and reflective materials.
Darkly dressed people are usually only noticed when they are lit directly by vehicle lamps or a street lamp – but it can be too late. Even better visible than with light clothes is with reflective materials, they illuminate brightly in the dipped beam of a car. Such reflector strips are best applied to the arms and legs, as the movement further enhances the effect.
Satchels are usually provided with reflector surfaces. On the safe side, a bookcase conforming to DIN standard 58124 is covered with reflectors. Dog owners can secure their four-legged animals with a harness or collar with the back-lit material or such a dog’s line. Reflectors in the spokes of a bicycle are also particularly useful, of course only in addition to functioning bicycle lights. Rollers or baby carriages can simply be attached with a reflective belt.
Also the drivers can do something for them to see and see more. So you should drive with low beam and clean headlights. Fogged or icy slices should be completely free from moisture or ice before the ride.