Reflectors enhance the safety of pedestrians
It is difficult for drivers to see cyclists and pedestrians on dark roads. Even on well-lit roads pedestrians could be in the driver’s blind spot. A good reflector makes it easier for drivers to see other road users.
A driver using full beams can see a pedestrian without a reflector from approximately 100 metres away. A pedestrian with a reflector can be seen from as far as 300 metres away. Using dipped headlights, a driver can see a pedestrian without a reflector from only about 40 metres away. A person with a reflector can be seen from about 100–150 metres away.
According to section 42 of the act on Finnish road traffic, pedestrians must use an appropriate reflector when moving about on roads after dark. There are many kinds of reflectors available: freely hanging, detachable and fixed, soft and hard.
Reflectors for pedestrians are defined in the European Union directive on personal protective equipment. All sold safety equipment must comply with standards and be CE approved.