Reflective vest for drivers, children, road workers: characteristics, testimonials
Today, statistics on accidents on the roads is growing steadily. Make a more visible person at a considerable distance and reduce the risk of traffic accidents with a reflective vest.
Vest are made of knitted fabric, 100% polyester, and the width of the light-reflecting stripes is, as a rule, 5 cm. The waistcoat is equipped with a velcro fastener that allows to adjust it according to the figure. Manufacturers offer various models, including quite inexpensive ones. For example, the cost of a children's vest is about 250 rubles. You can buy a more expensive option - a mesh retro-reflective waistcoat, the price for which can exceed 1000 rubles.
This is a specialized type of clothing, used to ensure at any time of day a good visibility of the person caught on the road, especially if he is dressed in dark clothes. In addition to bright colors, a large role in this play a special light-reflecting strip. When a light beam hits such a surface, they always reflect it towards the source. The angle of illumination does not matter and can be absolutely any. Thanks to this effect, a person can be seen at a considerable distance, which makes it possible to avoid an accident.
Representatives of the traffic police argue that a retro-reflective waistcoat can reduce the death of pedestrians on the road by more than 70%. Therefore, they are used to protect children, as well as for road works and production.
Each driver should have a signal vest in the car, which during an emergency stop will help to identify a person on the road.
A reflective waistcoat, like any other signal clothing, is designed to provide good visibility of a person both at night and during the day, with a good degree of illumination. Therefore, the color luminescent material, which is visible in the day, is used for sewing. The stripes on the waistcoat are made of reflective material, which makes them well visible in the dark.
Signal clothing differs in classes that depend on the area of the luminescent part and reflective. All standards are defined by GOST R 12.4.219-99. On each subject there is necessarily a pictogram, which indicates the class and degree of light reflection.
The reflective tape should have a width of at least 50 mm.
Types of vests
The State Standard specifies two types of these products:
- Vests, two reflective bands on which are located horizontally, the distance between them is 50 mm or more. In this case, the lower band is not less than 50 mm from the edge of the clothing.
- Vests with one horizontal strip, two parallel directed vertical on the front of the waistcoat and crossed in the form of the letter "X" from the rear.
Waistcoat signal light-reflecting has a high color fastness, long life and easy maintenance. All this is achieved through a successful combination of polyester knitted and special fluorescent fabric. In addition, manufacturers are testing these materials for resistance to atmospheric precipitation, temperature changes, abrasion and resistance to washing and synthetic detergents. The material is able to withstand up to 25 washes.
Vest for pedestrians and drivers
A large number of pedestrians hits occur because during the dark hours the driver often simply can not notice them on the roadway, so they do not have time to react and slow down. In many countries, pedestrians who do not have retro-reflective signs on their clothes are administratively responsible. For example, in Belarus, being in the street without such elements in darkness entails punishment in the form of a fine. In some states, even for every passenger there should be a vest. Without it, it is strictly forbidden to leave transport.
No less important are the reflective vests for drivers. Like a first aid kit, an emergency sign and a fire extinguisher, it must be present in the car. In the event of an emergency stop on the track (to replace the wheel, to correct any breakage or to provide assistance), the driver must wear a warning vest. Such a simple measure can significantly reduce the number of road deaths. A reflective waistcoat is a mandatory attribute for the personnel of road-repair enterprises, road transport and construction and installation. Labor protection treats such equipment as a means of individual protection. Do not dispense with them and the ambulance, traffic police, municipal services.
For children, such vests are a more effective and reliable means of protection, in comparison with reflective signs, which can not always fulfill their function. The reason for this may be their improper fixing or accidental covering with folds of clothing.
Thanks to the bright waistcoat, which has a reflective tape, the child is seen from afar, which makes it more secure. In order to ensure the safety of children on city streets, the traffic police recommends that all general education establishments have such kits for use in excursions, mass events held in open areas, for exits to the city.
Leaving the group for the territory of a children's institution, not only children, but also adults accompanying the column, should be in the signal waistcoats. They can be purchased in the store or customized for both kids and senior students.
Reflective vests for children are made of a special water-repellent fabric. Special processing of the edges is applied, which increases the service life of the product. A reflective strip is sewn onto the children's waistcoat along its entire circumference. This allows you to see the child from either side. To decorate a children's vest can be applied on a free theme, made of reflective material.
A significant disadvantage of signal waistcoats is that the light-reflecting properties of it have a short service life. After several mechanical cleaning, the luminous layer begins to break down. In addition, the light of conventional headlights and fogs has a different wavelength, so the same reflection can not provide such a vest.
To ensure that the performance of the vest is maintained at varying degrees of illumination and for a long time, the window-slots are made on it. They are equipped with interchangeable reflective stripes with a combined coating. Due to this, it will last much longer than the retro-reflective waistcoat. The price for it in this case will be slightly higher, but the advantages are obvious.