It's that time of year again, when the clocks go backwards and result in an extra hour of darkness in the evenings. And as we delve deeper into winter the nights are only going to get longer. This means that kids in particular need to take extra caution when out and about in the dark.
That's why we put together a list of helpful tips for staying safe at night. This is not only excellent advice to give to your kids but also to follow yourself.
- Avoid darker alleyways, empty car parks and parks - if you can you should always stick to well-lit main roads.
- Be aware of surroundings - including hidden entrances, driveways, side streets. Vehicles can appear from one these suddenly and may struggle to see you, take care when cross in front of these and keep an eye out for headlights.
- Walk facing oncoming traffic if there are no pavements - This is rule two for pedestrians in the Highway Code and is particularly important at night when visibility is reduced. You should also walk in single file if you are in a group.
- Don't wear headphones - being able to hear is essential when visibility is reduced.
- Find the safest possible place to cross - use a pedestrian or patrolled crossing if available, or find islands in the road to break it up.
- Avoid crossing between parked cars - oncoming traffic will not be able to see you if you suddenly appear from between two parked cars.
It is also important to wear bright/reflective clothing. In many European countries including France and Spain it is now a legal requirement to carry a high visibility waistcoat for every occupant in your vehicle in case of breakdown. However, in the UK we have no such laws and often our children's school uniforms are very dark in colour. This means it is imperative to highlight the importance of being visible when out and about at night. After all, Be Seen, Be Safe!
We also feature kids' backpacks with reflective detailing too.
However, you don't have to buy ready reflective clothing to increase visibility; we have a number of handy accessories that you or your kids can wear to be seen. Including Snap-Lite Reflective Bands that are easy to slip on when leaving the house. Nite-Ize LED clip on markers can be attached to virtually anything to increase your visibility. The self-charging Nitestik Safety Marker uses both natural and artificial light and glows up to ten years.
To help you guide your way at night and help you negotiate the tricky task of putting your door key in the lock in the dark, we have a number of keyring lights and torches, including: the ultra-compact LED torch from Design Go, the more powerful LED K2 torch from LED Lenser, or a handy little gadget from Summit that also doubles up as a bottle opener.
Have you got any tips to stay safe at night that we’ve missed? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments section below.