Reasons to Wear Safety Vests Outside of Work

When most people think of safety vests they think of construction workers or crossing guards. These and other jobs that require motorists to clearly see workers are usually where safety vests are seen most prominently. There are many great uses for safety vests outside of work however. Most people may not even realize they have a need for safety vests until they experience a close call of their own. Below we take a look at just of few of the ways safety vests can be used outside of working environments.   

 

Night Time Safety

Even the most conscientious drivers benefit from seeing pedestrians at a distance. Wearing a reflective safety vest while walking, jogging or running at night is a great way to ensure motorists can see you clearly. This is especially important if you are walking a dog because motorists who can see you will tend to give you more room when passing.

 

Cycling in Inclement Weather

A safety vest is a great tool to keep a cyclist safe. On long rides a cyclist can be caught miles from home when the weather makes an unexpected shift. Whether dealing with rain, snow or thick fog, it’s important to have some high visibility garment that can easily be worn for safety.

 

Shoveling Snow

Winter time means shorter daylight hours and snowy weather. This can make for dangerous road conditions. If you live in an area where you shovel snow near a busy road it’s important to let motorists see you at a distance so they have time to react. Because driving conditions require additional stopping distance and reaction time.  

 

Roadside Safety

If you’ve ever had to change a tire on the side of highway you know it can be an intimidating experience. Even on a beautiful sunny day, the idea of crouching down next to your car while other vehicles speed past at over 60 mph can be scary. When a flat tire occurs at night, this intimidating experience can quickly feel like a nightmare.

 

Wearing a safety vest when outside your vehicle is a great way to protect yourself. Flares can also be used to bring extra attention to your vehicle and alert other motorists to your presence. Keeping a safety vest in your car’s emergency kit is a great way to keep yourself safe.