This weekend, on the night of October 29 to 30, we switch to winter time. If we get an hour’s sleep, it also gets dark earlier, which reduces visibility on the road even faster. The latter remains crucial for the driver to guarantee not only his safety, but also the safety of his passengers and other road users. It is in this context that a survey reveals that a majority of the French are less calm at the wheel of their car when visibility is at half a pole.
The figure: 90% of two-wheeler users worried on the road after dark
ONE survey conducted by Harris Interactive for Assurance Prévention associationbetween 6 and 11 October last, it reveals 82% of drivers surveyed* are concerned about their safety on the road when visibility decreases, at night or in fog.
Cyclists and drivers of motorized two-wheelers harbor even more fear as they are 90% to feel vulnerable on the road.
Time change and reduced visibility: a reminder from Road Safety
While temperatures (still mild for the season) should gradually drop, Ministry of the Interior and Road Safety wanted to raise awareness among road users by encouraging them to be extra vigilant when travelling. This is apparent from a press release that was published on Wednesday Directorate-General for Homeland Securitythat we learn that the number of injured cyclists on bicycles has increased 21% Between 2019 and 2021despite the period of health crisis which limited travel.
Traffic safety reminds pedestrians, cyclists and scooter users “the importance of making yourself visible, and invites motorists to redouble our vigilance against these vulnerable users ». They are encouraged to wear ” light clothing and choosing retro-reflective devices (vest, wristbands, gloves, strips on the backpack, school bag, etc.)”.
Remember that black clothing is much less visible: Users who wear it are only visible 20 meters… However, a driver must have 25 meters to immobilize your vehicle on a dry surface (38 meters wet). This means that it is important to be dressed in light and make sure you have reflective accessories with you. When users are equipped with them, they are visible 150 meters.
Finally, the study tells us further 38% of electric scooter users do not turn on their lights andevery second cyclist does not wear reflective accessories.
*Research conducted on a sample of 2,039 people, representative of French people aged 18 and over.