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60 Miles per Hour (MPH) = 1 Mile (5280 Feet) per Minute (60 Seconds)
5280 Feet divided by 60 Seconds = 88 Feet Per Second
 
Therefore, The Good Prince Calculates...
 
NUMBERS CALCULATED ON OPTIMAL VISIBILITY CONDITIONS PROVIDED ABOVE

Miles Per Hours
Feet Per Second
Time To Impact
Dark Clothing
About 80 Feet
Time To Impact
White Clothing
About 200 Feet
Time To Impact
Best Reflective
About 670 Feet
15 MPH
22
4 SECONDS
9.1 SECONDS
30.5 SECONDS
30 MPH
Residential Limit
44
2 SECONDS
4.5 SECONDS
15.2 SECONDS
45 MPH
2 Lane Limit
66
1.3 SECONDS
3 SECONDS
10.1 SECONDS
60 MPH
Highway > 65 MPH
88
1 SECOND
2.3 SECONDS
7.6 SECONDS
75 MPH
Yes you do it!
110
.73 SECOND
1.8 SECONDS
6.9 SECONDS

90 MPH
High Speed Chase

132

.6 SECOND
1.5 SECONDS
5.1 SECONDS

NO CONSIDERATION HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR CURVES AND DIPS IN THE ROAD,
VISION, REFLEXES, OR DISTRACTIONS.
 
IN THE OLYMPICS, TRACK ATHLETES STARTING WITHIN .1 SECOND OF THE GUN
ARE CAUTIONED ONCE AND DISQUALIFIED ON A SECOND OCCURANCE
FOR "ANTICIPATING" THE GUN.
 
STUDIES HAVE PROVEN THAT
THE BEST OF ATHLETES CANNOT REACT FASTER THAN .1 SECOND
AND, THINK ABOUT IT,  THEY ARE "ON THE ALERT" FOR A START.
 
So, as a driver, what chance do you have for avoiding and impact...
and as a pedestrian/cyclist/runner what chance do you have avoiding an impact?
 
Little To None Without Reflectivity Or Active Lights
 

RETRO-REFLECTIVITY?

What does it mean ?   

Retro-reflectivity is the correct term given to something that has the ability to return light back to it’s source. Many items are reflective, white paper, metal foil, a mirror. All of these are reflective but the light reflecting off them is scattered in many directions. Non have the ability to return a large proportion of the light hitting then back into the direction from where it came.



Where will I have seen it?  

When you’ve seen the Emergency Services on TV at an incident at night and the markings and tape on their clothing shines bright white. This is because there is a source of light on or next to the video camera, this light is hitting the retro-reflective material and is being reflected directly back to where it came from, (into the camera) The wearer therefore becomes far more visible in dark or low light conditions. If you are a driver you will be well aware that road signs also are made out of a retro-reflective material.

How Bright is bright ?

The performance level of Retro-reflective materials is measured in candle power. Official data says that white clothing has only a performance level of up to 0.3 candle power, a vehicle license plate has 50, and a conforming retro-reflective material has 500 candle power. There is of course a direct relationship between reflective index (candle power) and the distance from which it can be seen, as the above drawing indicates.

How does it do it?



There are two main types of retro-reflective material, the achieve their retro-reflectivity by using a cube corner prism or glass bead principal. In one the light is reflected off the faces of the prism in the other it is reflected off the rear face of the bead.

We are not qualified to discuss the technical merits of either system here, only to say that both technologies provide materials that can conform to the relevant standards for retro-reflective materials. If you would like more technical information we suggest you look at either of these two sites.

www.reflexite.com / www.international.3m.com