5 tips in the dark

Either because of the weather, the time of day or the season – when it gets dark, we need to be all the more careful in road traffic. You can find out here how we should behave, and what your child should pay particular attention to.


1. Clearly visible at any price

We know that this tip is one of the best-known pieces of advice, but it bears repetition. Make sure that your child's clothing is easily visible. In other words, light colours and reflective panels on anoraks, jackets or school bags. Another stylish tip, especially in the winter months: add a reflective vest for yourself and your child.


2. Be aware of the surroundings

With the right clothing, half the battle is already won. To make sure that your child behaves safely in road traffic, you should explain the reasons why in advance. It is important for your child to understand that they are easily overlooked if wearing dark clothing, and that light clothing achieves the opposite. We recommend that you try an experiment to overcome resistance to reflective panels and possibly "uncool" accessories. Create a "darkroom" together, and demonstrate the visibility of different items of clothing. You can find instructions here.


3. The way is the goal

The following tip is not only important in the dark, and should be especially remembered when visibility is poor. Ask yourself these questions: What route does my child usually take? Is the street lighting adequate? Is there a safer route, though it might involve a detour? Our Safety Map will help you find the ideal route. You can use it to find the safest way from A to B. We also recommend that you walk the planned route together at the relevant time of day.


4. Attention cyclists

Of course poor visibility does not mean that you or your child should leave the bicycle at home. However, it is essential that you check whether everything is roadworthy and safe. This means that you should regularly check the bicycle's lights and reflectors, and whether the gear and brake fittings are in good condition. Incidentally, in some regions local police stations offer bicycle check-ups in schools to ensure road-worthiness and safety in road traffic.


5. Togetherness for more traffic safety

Last not least: Nobody travels alone. Our roads are safest if we all take care of each other. And for children it's best if they walk in groups of two or more. After all, four eyes see more than two.