If you are a runner, you know how tricky it can be to take your daily run alongside traffic. Drivers are often distracted or in a hurry to get where they are going, so it is important that you do everything you can to make yourself more visible so you will stand out in the crowd. When you go for a run, always take your identification with you, carry a cell phone that has emergency contacts either clearly identified in it or taped on the back of the phone, and let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.
Here are some tips on how you can stay visible while you are running:
• Always run facing traffic. If you are running toward the cars, they are easier to see. You can react much more quickly. This will also help cars see you better as well.
• Pretend that you are invisible to the drivers. If you assume that a driver doesn’t see you, you are going to stay more alert and be more focused so you can react properly if the need arises to do so.
• Make yourself seen. You need to wear clothing that is brightly colored and highly visible. This means that if you are out after sunset, you will have to wear reflective gear. If you don’t have clothing that is reflective, you can purchase an inexpensive safety vest or add some reflective tape on your clothing. Reflective bands can be worn on your wrists and ankles.
• Stand out once it’s dark. If you are running near sunset or after dark, highly reflective materials are a necessity. You should also carry a handheld light or wear a headlamp. Lights help you see where you are going and also help drivers see you are out there running. You should make sure you wear a bright right LED because the flashing or blinking red let drivers know there is a hazardous situation they need to avoid.
• Watch where you run. Don’t run in areas that are much more dangerous. This means that you should steer clear of entrances to parking lots, restaurants, bars, and clubs. These areas are high traffic and much more dangerous to maneuver.
• Don’t run around cars. You need to run where you stand out. This might mean staying on the sidewalk or staying on the side of the road.
• Follow the traffic regulations. This means you need to stop at stop signs and red lights. Don’t just run through intersections. Instead, watch where you are going and stay predictable so drivers will know where you are going.
With the proper precautions, you can enjoy running without adding extra stress worrying about your safety. Make sure you are always prepared to get out of the way when necessary and keep an eye out for drivers and hazards that you might encounter along the way. Running is a great form of exercise and can help you relieve stress, but always make sure you are visible to others as you head out on the road.
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