Operation Dark Nights are not what you might think!

Mark Murphy suggests we use the extra hour in bed to check our cars – why don’t we do that these days?

Don’t forget the clocks change tonight, spring forward and fall back, so if I’m correct that means we get an extra hour in bed!

If you work odd hours like me you’ll know how precious that extra hour is.

It also means the nights will pull in now, as the winter darkness descends, it’s time to hunker down a bit or as the Scandinavians say Hygge.

If you haven’t come across the word, it’s Norwegian and Danish for a mood of coziness, comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.

That means in my case snuggling down in front of the telly with the fire on and a cheeky glass of red.

It’s also sadly the time of year that accidents increase on our roads and this week Suffolk police launched Operation Dark Nights to do something about it.

Apart from sounding like the title of a Batman movie, it’s designed to make us motorists get our cars ready for winter.

They are particularly keen to make sure ALL our lights are working and it can’t come soon enough. Callers to my BBC Radio Suffolk breakfast show were in full support of the campaign.

No doubt changing a bulb in your car is not as easy as it used to be but it’s not that hard.

Judging by the number of vehicles I see every day you’d think it was impossible.

It’s not like we don’t know they’re out, many vehicles now have warning lights on the dashboard and even if they don’t it’s easy to spot.

Lots of my callers were saying that these cars with a headlamp not working looks like a motorbike and it can’t be easy for drivers to see the road ahead with one out either.

My colleague Luke Deal spent an hour standing by the St Matthews Street roundabout in Ipswich counting the vehicles with lights out.

In one hour between 7.15 am and 8.15 am when it was still dark he spotted 27 vehicles with no lights on, 6 with a front or rear light not working, 10 with front lights only on and 8 cyclists with no lights or reflective clothing.

So if that’s anything to go by I think the police have got a lot of people to catch and have a word with.

The police will also be stopping vehicles and checking tires and if you have a defective one it’ll be points on your license.

I think these days a lot of us just jump into our vehicles and off we go. Cars are certainly more reliable than they used to be but we really should make sure they’re roadworthy.

When I was young my dad would always be checking his tire pressures and depths. The oil level and washer level would be topped up and he’d make me walk around the car to check his lights.

If he was keen he’d adjust the tappets too! He’d also throw a cement bag in the boot to give the car more grip in the snow! With a rear-wheel-drive car, it’s something I still do.

We also needed to be checking our anti-freeze levels as the winter sets in and making sure we got the basics in our boot like a torch, warning triangle, and reflective jacket with high light reflective tape.

Now it seems like a lot of us don’t even know how to lift the bonnet and do the most minor of things.

The police can’t be everywhere and frankly, they have more important things to deal with.

Perhaps with the extra hour, we gain from the changing clocks we could all have a look over our engines tomorrow.

Although you might think a cement bag is a bit too much!

Running in the rain with a Craft Repel Reflective Jacket

Craft introduces the Repel Reflective Jacket, a light, thin and smooth running jacket for training in cold and rainy weather. This makes running in the rain even finer.


The jacket is made of durable reflective fabric and elastic material and consists of 3 layers with a technical membrane that ensures an optimal balance between protection and ventilation. It has a casual and contemporary design for the fashion-conscious athlete.


Wind and waterproof

The Repel Jacket is wind- and waterproof and specially equipped with openings on perspiration zones for extra ventilation and taped seams in vulnerable places. Thanks to the stretchable fabric, the jacket offers optimal freedom of movement in all directions. The reflective material panels provide a 360 degree reflection on the garment so you are always visible.

These tips can prevent an accident when it rains

With the arrival of the first downpours, the number of accidents on the road increases and many of them could be avoided just by taking some care that allows a better reaction with the wet streets.


The same Traffic Police in safety vest confirms this situation and assures that it is normal, because of the confluence of the water of the first rains with the oil and fuel accumulated in the roads during the whole summer, that generate a “soap film” in the asphalt capable of provoking Skidding in both cars and motorcycles.


“They are shocks that we call without grace, the typical kisses between bumpers, as they are commonly known.


Unfortunately, most people refuse to use the reconcile option, which allows clearing the road much earlier. We ask you to use this alternative. In the first quarter of the year we attended 23,815 accidents, which means that we attended an accident every 5 minutes and a half, “said Mario Calderon in reflective jacket, director of the Transit Police.


But, to avoid these situations, the following tips can be taken into account, in order to reduce that number of accidents:

– Check that the air conditioning and the vehicle’s brushes are in good condition, to avoid fogging and lack of rain visibility.

– Check that all the lights work properly allows showing under rain and with little visibility what the front, rear and side vehicles are doing, whether it is braking or trying to change lanes.


Due to the rains, accidents are increasing.

– In the case of motorcyclists and cyclists, the theme of lights is also important, but they must also wear light reflective clothing and a light on, 24 hours a day, to become more visible.

– Caution when passing through manhole covers or the railway line, as these metals become slippery on contact with water, so do the famous “dead” or speed reducers, in the form of asphalt mounds or metallic.

– Keeping the distance instead of reducing it, compared to other vehicles is, then, a recommendation that is not too much.

– In wet road conditions, the vehicle takes longer to brake, it moves for more space before stopping, so that it is more than evident the need to reduce speed when it rains.

The coolest costume by reflective material for a themed party

We know that the United States always hosts school year-end parties, and the boys propose themed parties to concentrate more fun with the proposals made, those planned follies, end up being the best celebrations of year-end.


For Ryan Danka and Gabrielle Farina did not skimp on rolls and rolls of reflective material and luminescent tape, better known as duct tape, which led them to recreate the “The Great Gatsby” to be winners of the costume competition at the party at Michigan High School , With an outfit never seen before taking as a prize 10,000 dollars each.


OUTFIT: These are costumes inspired by “The Great Gatsby”

Totally synthetic, using metallic gold-plated fabric, black patent leather and iridescent white, to this little pair of boys, they won despite literally sweating the fat drop, for having dressed in plastic. The genius and creativity of making the material versatile took them to the beat, using 12 rolls of iridescent reflective tape in the dark, these ribbons that shine green in the shade, which was placed from the hair accessories to the feet.


The dress very similar to the one of the protagonist of the film, has a cross between the chest, this one is of black color, on a golden dress in cut tube, until the middle of the thigh, adorned with white fringes, with golden ballerinas With iridescent white as well. He dresses with a straight reflective jacket, with white ribbons on the flap, and a back diagram symbolizing the film. Look at these photos the details of this impressive outfit, inspired by a film, also inspired in the 20’s.

Reflective clothing must be worn by anyone outside

The end of the year is marked by holiday and family expeditions to foreign mountains. Experienced drivers already know how to prepare their car for a good deal of miles and frosty days, but it is also good to be aware of the differences in road traffic rules in the countries visited. Some rules are not used by the Czech…


In Slovakia, as in the Czech Republic, it is mandatory to use winter tires if the conditions require (a continuous layer of snow, ice or frost is on the road). Reflective clothing must be worn by anyone outside the village on the road due to vehicle failure, tire defect or traffic accident. Obligation also applies to motorcyclists. Otherwise, a fine of 150 Euros (more than 4,000 crowns) is threatened. Daily lighting is mandatory all year round.


In Slovenia, it is better to go on winter tires (local drivers will probably also use the possibilities to ride in the summer, but in this case, they have to have snow chains in the luggage compartment and use them in the winter conditions). The reflective jacket must be worn by anyone who comes out of the vehicle in the event of a breakdown or a traffic accident. The required number of vests must be carried in the cabin, not in the luggage compartment of the car. Daily lighting is mandatory all year round.


Snow chains necessities

In Switzerland, it should be borne in mind that some roads may only be permitted to enter the snow chains. The use of reflective vests is not required; on the contrary, daytime lighting is mandatory all year round. Outside of the village, the audible warning signs must be used in front of sharp corners in places with impaired visibility, and in the dark, the lights are blinking briefly. Attention to pedestrians, they are accustomed to a high degree of courtesy and tolerance on the part of the drivers, they can, without proper oversight, enter the road and in places where we do not normally expect it. Drivers who have prescriptions for glasses must have one replacement pair with them.


In Italy, the use of winter tires is not obligatory, but some roads may be allowed only with snow chains. It is not only for the driver, but also for every passenger, to carry a reflective vest for its eventual use. If a vehicle on the rear carrier exceeds its dimensions carries any cargo, it must be marked with a reflective, red and white diagonally striped square measuring 50×50 centimeters. Daily lighting is mandatory throughout the year when driving out of the inhabited area and also in rain, snow or otherwise diminished visibility. Rear fog lamps can only be used in visibility, reduced to a maximum of 50 meters, under heavy rain or heavy snow.


In France, the use of winter tires is not obligatory, but some sections of the road can only be admitted with them, respectively. Reflective jackets for both driver and passenger must be transported in the vehicle cabin. Daily lighting is not mandated, but recommended. In general, outside the village, you can drive up to 90 km / h on highways up to 130 km / h. This restriction also applies to persons holding a driving license for a maximum of three years. It definitely does not pay to carry or even use a radar detector. Otherwise, a fine of 1500 Euros (over 40 thousand crowns) and the seizure of the respective device, in the extreme case also of the vehicle, will be imposed. Beware of overtaking cyclists. Inside the village, a lateral distance of at least one meter is required, outside the community of at least 1.5 meters. Since the beginning of October, the French police has been very hard, is ubiquitous and uncompromising.

Reflective vest as a protest

Support for the so-called Jawbone challenge today is the expression of bus drivers across the country. Politicians say: We have enough competitions at a low price; we do not like the public transport conditions. Public procurement conditions lead to low wages for drivers. In Prague, trade unionists are heading for the Ministry of Transport.


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Dozens of drivers in the Liberec region met today in their reflective jacket for their buses. Politicians say: We have a lot of competitions at a low price; we do not like the public transport conditions.


In the orange and yellow vests, Bus line bus drivers in Jawbone were driving on the road today. The trade unionists at the end of September announced a stand-by strike and called for the fight against dumped public transport prices and low wages for drivers. If the problem does not begin within a month, they are ready to strike.


At the same time, the trade unionists brought materials to the Ministry of Transport for a bus transport tender in the Hradec Karloff Region, calling for tenders to take more account of other parameters, not just the lowest price. “There is nothing about drivers in all these fascicles,” said President of Bus Line, basic trade union organization, Jixi. According to him, today’s protest with the dressing of an orange reflective vest helped 4000 drivers from all over the country.


The trade unions, according, strive to establish a working group in co-operation with the regions and the government, which would develop a unified methodology according to which the regions would issue public bus transport competitions. Tenders should be one of the essential conditions for keeping a minimum wage for drivers.


Dealers require that the lowest wage of drivers in the form of 1.75 times the minimum wage be enforced directly in the award of contracts. It corresponds to 100 crowns per hour. For example, bus drivers in Jawbones take 72 crowns per hour according to the Kolchak, while they earn about 22,000 to 23,000 crowns a month, but only at the price of dozens of overtime hours.


According to the CTK survey, drivers’ wages in most Czech transport companies are below average wages. Professionals are also asking for job revisions where the lowest price was the only criterion, and call for dialogue at the level of the union, regional authorities and management.


Even now, regions can be selected according to criteria other than the price, said Tomah Enfold, spokesman for the Ministry of Transport. The Ministry and the trade union representatives will continue to act on the adjustment of the selection methodology. At the same time, he said that it was not the Ministry of Transport, who set up specific tenders for the operation of individual bus lines, but the region.


In addition to the Ministry of Transport, the trade unionists in safety vest also want to address the Ministry for Regional Development, which is in charge of public tenders. The thunder in the eye is especially for the drivers of the public bus tender, which was announced by the Hradec Region in September.


The customized documentation for CZK 5.5 billion is an extensive work where precise specifications are available. “But there is no talk of how much the driver has to pay a minimum wage, and it has been that we have paid a wage of 120 crowns to us, which is scandalous to me, forcing someone to earn only so much, but do not think that I do not have to go home for the beggars, I find it very arrogant from the Councilors from the Hradec Region, “he added.

Veolia technicians wear safety vest track down leaks

Drinking water is a precious commodity that must limit the loss. At Veolia, Veolia technicians wear a reflective vest tracks down leaks in the network of 59 municipalities in the Vendees.


For us, it just turns on the tap. And the water flows. Drink a glass of water; take a shower, washing dishes… And when one receives a note in our mailbox to warn us is that the water will be cut off during the afternoon, it is the disaster. “Water leaks is classic, says Pascal Bernard, responsible for the distribution of drinking water in Veolia. The thing is to identify as quickly as possible to cause the least possible inconvenience to the users. On average, they will be without half a day, maximum. “Because it’s right, the submerged part of the iceberg.


Leaks often related to road problems

Leakage may result from heavy work; thaw a pipe in winter or, an obsolete pipeline. “When you see water flowing along the sidewalk, for example, the city hall is calling us directly to resolve the issue”, describes Melinda Gilbert, head of Veolia service network. Consequences: broken pipes, geysers that form in concrete, rough roads … In short, it is the snowball effect that attempt to limit the field technicians.


At Lyonnais, wearing a helmet, wearing gloves and a reflective jacket, Pascal shows how to capture a water leak in the pipes. This is an acoustic research, managed by a big box and headphones, everything is done. “The longer the flight, the lower it will be difficult to capture, he says, tapping his case. One must also take into account external noise. “Example: traffic. A car passes and all analysis is flawed. That’s why sometimes you have to these analyzes at night when traffic is less.


Five to ten accidents per year

“Water losses account for about 5% of consumption,” explains Melinda Gilbert. If losses remain stable in proportion, they increased in volume recently Lyonnais worrying the environmentalists. Sometimes leaks are related to other problems than those on the network. At La Roche-sure-Yon, the latest based on a sprinkler system, left open overnight inadvertently.


To detect the technicians follow the daily consumption, thus raising their consumption peaks unexplained cases. To avoid such complications, there are sectors listed with about 150 meters. Each technician in safety vest has a map where they are listed. “This is not to lose time in their search for knowledge in what sector of leak, it already reduces the scope, says the manager. It takes a lot of permissions so as not to lose time.” Pretty well-established systems since, according to Melinda Gilbert, there are between five and ten major accidents per year.

Reflective vest is necessary in dense fog conditions

Traffic on Highway A1 Bucharest – Pitesti takes place on Sunday morning, a dense fog condition, visibility was at times less than 50 meters, in this case, wear a reflective safety vest is necessary for light, and the center announced General Inspectorate of Romanian Police.


According to police, besides the usual rules on the movement during fog, it must be considered and some specific recommendations highways:

Increase in walking distance between cars!


Do not stop on the lanes and the emergency lane! In case of power failure or technical failure, turn on hazard warning lights, equipped with your reflective vest, remove the occupants out of the roadway and place reflective triangles, one after the other, at greater distances!


Also, drivers can request support Motorway Police in reflective jacket, the National Unique System for Emergency Calls 112.


Passengers need wear reflective vest in airplane

Passenger should wear reflective vest and safety knowledge is a key factor in determining the possibility of surviving any danger situation that may occur on a scheduled airliner. Unfortunately, research carried out by civil aviation agencies, and in particular the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has shown serious problems of effectiveness in the instructions that airlines use on board to inform passengers about safety procedures. For this reason, for years FAA reports have invited airlines to consider creating more creative and interactive versions of instructions to make them easier to learn and more engaging for passengers.

A new free application for Android and apple, called “Air Safety World”, now offers the world’s first opportunity to test the interactive aviation guidance for the future. In them, two virtual flight assistants, equipped with their artificial intelligence, guided the user with personalized feedback as he seeks to actively perform the procedures in faithfully replicated 3D airliners. The free application includes interactive experiences on the main safety issues on board: take the brace position, wear the lifejacket, wear oxygen masks, find emergency outlets on the most common types of aircraft Line, and open the various types of aircraft doors.

The app is one of the results of an international research project that I manage and that our HCI Lab from the University of Udine is working with the Cabin Safety Research Team of the FAA. The new training modes were evaluated with user studies, presented at the 8th Triennial International Fire and Cabin Safety Research Conference, recently held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The results of the studies have shown that making interactive aviation safety instructions improves their effectiveness: users who received safety instructions through interactive 3D content exploration made fewer mistakes and were faster in performing the procedures, Such as wearing a reflective jacket, in the real world.

In addition to interactive security instructions, “Air Safety World” also explores gasification scenarios, including several different genre games that transform key aviation security messages into fun experiences. Recent air strikes have dramatically demonstrated that messages like ‘leaving all luggages on the plane’ were not received by passengers. Game insertions in the app allow the user to play emergency situations easily, and empirically learn about the effects of correct behavior or not. For example, they put the player with safety vest as the coordinator of the evacuation of a crowd of passengers from the aircraft or they engage with a hurdle run made of emergency doors of planes that need to be quickly opened. Users can also build their own fleet of airliners taken from the real world, inspect them and send them flying to the world.

Safety jacket and pants to grips with the urban heat

The temperature shoot up to 40 degrees in the middle of the city. Instead of just thinking of starting motorcycle reflective clothes to wipe his forehead, enough to adequately prepare for the clash with the urban heat. In the saddle not count on the zircon, it remains so reach for proven solutions, like a modern, light, and moisture very breathable clothing motorcycle.


The recipe for success is not only a modern design, but mainly used materials and patents allowing for maximum breathability. Lightweight and durable polyester 500D is neatly combined with large panels in mesh which is positioned wherever it is needed most efficient flow of air.


Set upswing does not deserve to be called a motorcycle, had it not been also equipped with certified protectors on shoulders, elbows and knees (protectors on the knees and elbows can be adjusted by adjusting the position of them to your site). The foam absorbs impact Crash Foam on the back and hips can be replaced by certified protectors SAS-TEC®. In addition, they care about the safety of reflective fabric inserts.


Set upswing is available in two colors: black-gray, or gray. With five pockets (three in a jacket and two pants), all the necessary little things you will always have with you, and the seam of the reflective jacket and pants adjustable waist, on the sleeves and on the ends of the legs will help create a harmonious whole, and it fit well. This is the latest recipe Medici the heat of the tropics in a motorcycle edition!