National Running Safety Month

9 11 2015

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November is National Running Safety Month. Since it’s getting darker earlier, there’s no better time to talk about running safety and visibility.

NIGHT RUNNING TIPS:

  • Let someone know where you’re going. Before you take off, be sure someone knows the general route you’re taking and how long to expect you’ll be gone. If you have a tracking device, such as a Garmin watch or the “Find Friends” smartphone app, you may want to share your run route with someone as well.
  • Carry identification. We recommend having a RoadID bracelet or tag attached to your shoe, but if you don’t have one, carry your ID in case anything should happen.
  • Take a friend along. Enlist a running buddy to go with you at night. There’s safety in numbers.
  • Consider multiple points of light. Runners who wear multiple points of light, both strobes and reflective, can be seen from 6x the distance than those who wear reflective only.
  • Turn the music down. Be sure you can hear oncoming traffic, both vehicles and foot traffic.
  • Remember the basics. Run against traffic and stay on the sidewalk when possible. And of course look both ways before crossing a street.

What other safety tips do you have for running in the dark?


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