Today’s article is written as a guest post by Bryan Mac Murray, an Outreach Specialist with Personal Injury Help. I believe staying safe whether running or walking, or cycling is important and something we often forget about.
Staying Visible While Running
You are a member of the growing group of people who enjoy running to stay healthy. As a runner, you understand that making sure you are noticed by drivers is important. Visibility is essential is safety while running regardless of where you go – areas that are less traveled or busy streets. To ensure your safety, you must be proactive and make sure you stand out in the crowd so drivers will notice you and be much less likely to hit you. Here are few ways you can make yourself stand out when you are out for a run.
You want to make sure you dress in bright colors so you will be noticed. Fluorescent clothing, such as hot pink, lime green, neon yellow, and orange will get attention. Traditional colors such as green, blue, black, brown, or gray just blend into the surroundings and camouflage you. You want to wear a jacket, vest, or shirt that will make you stand out from both the front and the back.
Visible After Dark
If you are out running when it is dark, such as before dawn or after dusk, you need to make sure you are visible to drivers. When there is no daylight your brightly colored attire isn’t noticed. Wear a safety vest that has reflective piping or put reflective tape on the front and back of your clothing. Reflective bands on the wrists and ankles also help. Add some reflective tape on your shoes as well. For added protection carry a flashlight in front pointed downward. Flashing LED lights can be worn on your clothing on both front and back to help you get noticed. It may be a good idea to make sure that any running clothes that you buy have visibility components, such as jackets with reflective panels, high-visibility colors or both.
Don’t Run Alone
If you can, run with a buddy. Two people running together are more visible than one. Both of you dressed to be visible and running side by side will definitely make you stand out. Having someone along in case of an emergency is also beneficial. This is especially true if you’re running in less-trafficked areas, such as a fire road or nature trail. Because there are less people around, it may take longer for someone to respond if you’re in trouble.
Follow the Traffic Laws
You need to know the traffic laws and adhere to them, just like motorists. This means that you don’t just zip through a stop sign or ignore a traffic light. If it says “don’t walk” you don’t just run on through. Approach the signal or sign, stop, and obey the traffic laws. You don’t want to run into the path of a vehicle where you weren’t seen until the last minute. While they may seem more avoidable, bicycles can also be a hazard in this way, and if they’re not being attentive cyclists, they can easily collide with a runner, especially when the bicyclist is turning at an intersection while a runner crosses it.
Run in Well-Lit Areas
You want to run in areas where you can see where you are going. If you head off down a dark street, you could trip over obstacles or debris or end up running into a criminal who is up to no good. Never go down a street that looks dark, abandoned, or just gives you a creepy feeling. Follow your instincts and stay safe when you are out and about. Remember, you need to see where you are going and you also want people to see you so you aren’t hit by a car or the victim of a criminal act. It’s also a good idea to do without earphones if you’re running in a dangerous area as well- being able to hear an approaching car or a would-be assaulter could mean the difference between a close call and a tragic incident.
Watch for Cars
If at all possible, run on the sidewalk. You keep a more significant distance between you and the cars by staying on the sidewalk. This distance can serve as a safety barrier of sorts. Always stay alert so you can get out of the way if you need to move fast. Don’t run around or between cars because you are setting yourself up to be hit because drivers cannot see you when you are in their blind spot. Watch for people opening car doors. Don’t run too close to parked cars or you might end up getting doored.
Staying Safe While Running
Running helps you stay healthy and provides great fun. Making sure drivers will notice you is a great way to improve safety and decrease your chances of being hit by a car. Make sure you know how to stand out and also be ready to jump to safety if the need arises. For additional protection, carry cell phone along with your name and emergency contact information taped on the back in case of an emergency. Let someone know when you are leaving, your route and when you plan to be back.
*This Article was written by Personal Injury Help, however this article is not intended to be legal advice nor should it be construed as such. To learn more about Personal Injury Help, you can visit their website at personalinjury-law.com or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.