When its dark, reflectors help drivers to see pedestrians - even in urban areas. The more reflectors you wear the better the car drivers can see you. Wrists and ankles are good places for reflectors. Wear reflectors on both sides. Reflector tags must be CE certified. Despite the legal requirement to use them, only half of all pedestrians wear reflector tags, in both densely and sparsely populated areas.

A driver with long-range headlights on will see a pedestrian without a reflector from a distance of approximately 150 metres, depending on the pedestrian’s clothing. With a reflector the pedestrian can be seen from a distance of 600 metres.

A high-quality reflector vest, lead, collar or harness helps protect dogs and other pets accompanying pedestrians in dark conditions. A dog wearing a reflector vest or tag also helps its owner be seen from a greater distance.

Reflector use in urban areas

The use of reflectors is important also in urban areas. Rain and fog reduce driver’s ability to see, especially in the dark. The car’s windows may fog up when driving commences. Also, a dirty windshield or headlights have an adverse effect on visibility. Street lights and advertisement lights, as well as shadows of trees and bushes, may make it more difficult to see pedestrians or cyclists crossing the street.

What is an appropriate reflector

An appropriate reflector features at least the following information:

  • CE
  • EN 13356, reflector (European Standard)
  • The name of the institution that performed the type classification
  • Instructions

Reflector vest

Reflector vest improves visibility during the day and when it's dark. The vest is made of fluorescent material which shines bright under the ultraviolet rays of the sun. In the dark the vest's reflecting material bounces back the approaching vehicle’s light beams.

Law on reflector use

According to Road traffic law 13 §, a pedestrian must generally use reflector while moving on the road during dark, but there are no sanctions. Contradictory to the law, in urban areas only every third pedestrian uses a reflector; outside urban areas two out of three pedestrians use a reflector.