Watch this eye opening video to see how reflective strips dramatically increase visibility.
Now that you've seen how important it is to be seen by motorists at night, we encourage you to always be seen when walking, running or cycling at night. Wear bright, reflective clothing in low-light conditions to ensure you are visible to drivers. During the evening, attach a small flashing light to your clothing or wear reflective clothing as shown in this video.
Ask Our Relationship Experts
How do I get motorists to notice me?
Dear Lonely Pedestrian,
You may think that a stylish black outfit will get you noticed, but the opposite is true. When it’s dark outside you need to wear bright or reflective clothing. Check out our video demo to see the difference reflective strips can make. And one more thing, please, lose the hoodie. Let the motorists see you for the awesome person you are.
P.S. Another great way to get noticed is to cross only at signalled intersections and cross walks ??" that’s where motorists are on the lookout for pedestrians.
I feel like I'm not seeing pedestrians enough. Am I doing something wrong?
Dear Caring Motorist,
First of all you are not alone. Wanting to see more of someone, especially during the darker months, is common. Here’s what you can do:
• Approach intersections with caution and scan carefully to look out for pedestrians.
• Make sure your windshield is clean inside and out as night-time glare can make visibility
difficult. Visibility can be drastically reduced due to dirt on the inside of a windshield too. When confronted with oncoming headlights, dirt on the inside will have the same effect as fog or frost.
• Slow down when it is raining ??" when it’s dark and wet it’s even harder to see pedestrians. Driving slower will give you more time to see them.
• Make sure your headlights and windshield wipers are in good working order.
I want my children to have healthy relationships with motorists. What can I do?
Concerned Pedestrian Parent
Dear Concerned Pedestrian Parent,
Parents need to always remember that they are role models for their children. So teach them how to cross the street properly ??" obey pedestrian signals. We need to promote obeying pedestrian signals at every opportunity. Please cross at crosswalks or intersections and stay alert while crossing.
And please make sure your children are dressed in bright coloured or reflective clothing during the darker months so that they are more visible to motorists.