Sixty-four percent of pedestrian deaths occur between the hours of 6p.m. and 6a.m. when light is low and visibility is poor, according to the NHTSA. As the days get shorter and the homework gets longer, it becomes a greater challenge to find time during the daylight hours to get outside for a run, walk, or bike ride. Here are a few tips to ensure cars can see you in the lowlight hours.
There are two kinds of visibility aids: active and passive.
Active visibility is a lighting source that is powered. This could be a headlamp, strobe light, LED armband (pictured in blue), or anything that lights up on its own. These active light sources will capture the attention of drivers and alert them that you are on the road.
Find what works best for you. Often it takes trying out different types of lights in order to find what is comfortable and best for your chosen activity. Each of these pictured active lights can be found at REI located in the Sehome Village and other active stores.
Passive visibility mechanisms, on the other hand, are garments or accessories that don’t require batteries or power in order to provide light. They are imbedded with reflective material so that when car lights hit them, it explodes with light. Another form of passive visibility is simply wearing bright colors.
It is important to wear colors that stand out and can be seen easily when light is cast on it. Stray away from dark colors: blacks, grays, browns, and the alike. The images to the left and right are both examples of passive lighting. The reflective vest on the left is worn on top of your outermost layer and the smiley clips on the right can clip onto your waistband.
*All images are taken from REI.com and are available for purchase at REI