5 Tips For Staying Safe While Walking or Running
1. Pretend that you are invisible.
Assume that the driver does not see you, because they probably do not. Also, make sure that you get out of the driver’s way as fast as possible. I can’t tell you how often I am driving at night and someone runs across the road in front of me- barely visible until the last second. You might think that a car’s headlights will make you visible, but that is not the case.
2. Try to make yourself as visible as possible.
Tools such as headlamps, flashers, reflective clothing, and vests all increase visibility. You want motorists to know that you are there so that they will slow down and avoid you.
3. Take off your headphones.
Although this may be a dealbreaker for most runners, you are much more likely to get hit by a car if you cannot hear them coming. I rarely listen to music when I run; I take that time to enjoy nature and give my mind a break. We need to rely on every sense we have to help keep us safe. Music or podcasts drown out the sound of screeching tires behind us. If you do decide to still listen to music, make sure the volume is low or that you are using only one earbud.
4. Bring a buddy, phone, or ID.
It is always safest to run with a buddy, but that isn’t always possible. If you are alone, make sure to carry a phone or identification card with you and to let someone know where you will be running and when you expect to return.
5. Don’t instigate or retaliate.
Everyone has had close calls while out on the road, but it is important to make sure that you don’t escalate the situation.