See and be seen this winter
GEM Motoring Assist is urging all road users to make themselves bright and visible on journeys in the coming winter months. Making an effort to see and be seen could prove a life-saving decision, says GEM.
It’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure they can see and be seen, according to GEM.
- For drivers that means checking that lights are working properly – and keeping them clean.
- Lights and visible clothing are vital for cyclists, too, and it’s vital to ensure that lights are positioned and angled correctly for maximum effect.
- Pedestrians should wear or carry something fluorescent or bright, such as a jacket or armband, to ensure other road users can see them.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth says drivers need to be sure they are familiar with the different light settings on their cars. “Too many drivers think the automatic light settings mean they don’t need to worry about switching on or off, while others don’t even know all the various lights on their car, let alone when to use them properly.
“Your lights are vital for your safety and the safety of others. Not only do they help you see more clearly on the road, they also provide information to other road users about where you are and where you intend to go. So, we encourage you to spend a few minutes checking what happens with your car’s light settings, especially if the car is relatively new to you.
“So please check your lights, clean your lights and use your lights appropriately, as this will make a big difference in reducing their risk of a collision.”
Put yourself in the spotlight this winter!
GEM offers a selection of simple tips to help all road users boost their visibility:
- If you’re a car driver, get familiar with the light settings. Make sure you switch on your front and rear lights, but avoid blinding others with full beam or fog lights when not necessary.
- Don’t rely on automatic light settings and daytime running lights. If you do, you will find that your lighting to the front will be inadequate, while lighting to the rear will be non-existent.
- Check your lights frequently through the winter months. Make sure every bulb is working properly, and that you keep your lights clean.
- Fog lights are designed to improve your view and conspicuity when visibility is reduced. But the law requires that you switch them off when visibility improves.
- If you’re a cyclist, get the best lights you can – and take time to ensure they are secured at the most effective position and angle. Boost safety further by making sure your helmet and clothing are highly visible.
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