When venturing out in the dark in Estonia, take a cue from the locals and wear a reflector. It is a small piece of plastic or fabric that makes pedestrians visible to oncoming traffic. The concept was first invented in 1934 by British road worker Percy Shaw, who was inspired by the reflective qualities of cats' eyes. Virtually all children and over two thirds of adults wear reflectors, largely due to a 2011 law that requires their use in darkness and conditions of poor visibility.
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A reflector protects its wearer in the dark. However, keep in mind that not all reflector like items are functional reflectors. Only certified reflectors that comply with regulations provide protection in the dark and make you visible. Car drivers and other road users can see you in dark Estonian nights only if:
- the manufacturer has labelled the product as a reflector (not a reflective accessory),
- the label of the reflector includes a reference to the standard CE EN 13356,
- the reflective surface of the reflector is at least 15 cm2 in size.
In order to ensure that a reflector that meets the aforementioned criteria can protect you to the fullest, attach it to your coat or jacket (the side facing the road) so that the reflector is at a 50–80 cm height from the ground.