This weekend the clocks go back, which means that the evenings will be darker earlier. Not only can this be a tad depressing on the journey home from work if you haven’t managed to catch any daylight before work or at lunch, but this premature darkness can also pose problems for road safety.
High- visibility clothing provides one option for reducing your safety risk on the roads this autumn/winter, and although once only sported by workmen, cyclists and learner motorcyclists, fashion designer Karl Largerfeld may be responsible for making it the “must have” accessory for road users, pedestrians and fashionistas alike.
Lagerfeld, wearing a high- vis vest as part of the French Government’s high- visibility campaign, says
“It’s yellow, it’s ugly. It doesn’t match anything, but it might save your life.”
In July this year, France joined the list of EU countries that require the carrying of high- visibility vests in the car boot as a safety precaution in the event of a breakdown.
So, as you set your clocks back this Saturday night to enjoy an additional hour to your Sunday lie-in, give a thought to your wardrobe choice for the winter evenings, and contemplate going against the well- known piece of advice “play safe and go with a little black dress” and instead consider luminous yellow… It’s the “in thing” don’t you know…
Source: “It’s simply the vest” by Andrew Martin, The Times 2, 22nd October 2008