Please make yourself seen

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Motorists, please use dipped headlights in winter, at just about any time of day. This way, you can be seen, and this will help keep you from having accidents.

Even when there is sun, it sits very low in the sky and, with oncoming drivers dazzled by it, having your dipped beams on will allow others to see you in deep shade.

Cyclists, please have lights on your bike. Traditional ones, flashing ones ... it doesn’t matter, but use them.

Also, please wear a fluorescent/reflective strap so that you can be picked out of the winter gloom at any time of day or night.

Pedestrians, it is imperative that you dress with either a fluorescent/reflective jacket or have a good strong light upon your person (perhaps a head lamp used for fishing, or similar) or both.

Dog walkers, I was only able to avoid ploughing into a dog walker because I was driving quite slowly and I saw the reflection in the dogs’ eyes.

The owner was dressed in black, walking with dogs on an unlit country road.

The thing is, you see, that if I plough into you, it’s supposed to be my fault. I am supposed to know that you’re there, but how can I know if I can’t see you?

And finally, all pedestrians/dog walkers/runners, please be on the correct side of the road so that you are facing oncoming traffic. That way, I can see you, you can see me and I will know that you have seen me.

I don’t want to be in a collision and I have no wish to kill someone – whether it’s my fault or not. Thank you.

Colin Muddimer

Tots Gardens

Acton