The first thing you should understand about high visibility clothing is that it is made up of reflective and fluorescent elements. During the day, the fluorescent material of the clothing would react with the UV light so that it would appear brighter. The fluorescent part of high visibility clothing aims to catch attention by way of brightness. This would also mean that it is highly dependent on the sun. However, during the evening, when the sun is absent from the sky, the fluorescent part of high visibility clothing can become very ineffective. This is when the reflective elements kick in.
High visibility clothing is made with retro-reflective materials, or the small glass balls that reflect back the light to its source. Reflective clothing would need the darkness to work properly. A normal reflective material would also be able to reflect the light from white or pale sources. But the reflected light would end up scattering and because of this, the drivers may only see little light reflected. In contrast, retro-reflective materials would reflect the light directly back to its source. Which means the light will be reflected back to the driver’s eyes.
Reflective outfits can save your life at night because drivers would be able to see you three seconds sooner.
Reflective safety clothing can come in a variety of items with a number of ways to use them. There are reflective cycling jackets, reflective shirts, vests, pants, belts, etc. However, if you know about the world of reflective safety wear, you would know that there are three classes of safety reflective clothing.
- CLASS I. Class I garments are used when the wearer is able to give his/her full attention to the traffic. This reflective class is mostly used by parking lot attendants, shopping cart retrievers, road workers and a whole lot more.
- CLASS II. This is needed during higher visibility situations and is particular for people who work with bad weather or when there is a potential for low visibility.
- CLASS III. This class provides the highest visibility possible and is meant for facing serious hazards.