Safety While Running at Night

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Contributed by PWCPD

With daylight savings gone and the hours of daylight becoming shorter and shorter, below are some safety tips while running in the hours of darkness.
1. Wear Bright and Reflective Clothing
It’s difficult for drivers to see runners in the dark, so don’t make it harder on them by wearing dark, non-reflective clothing. Make sure to wear bright colors, preferably with reflective material or tape so that you stand out as you run.
2. Wear or Carry Lights
Not only is it hard for drivers to see you in the dark, but it is also hard for you to see the road, trail or sidewalk as you run. There are many small lights that are easy to wear or hold that will illuminate your path while running. Plus, drivers will be able to see you.
3. Run on the Left Side of the Road
The proper place to run is on the left side of the road, facing traffic. Think about it. It is far easier to jump out of the way of an oncoming car if you can see the car coming at you.
4. Don’t Listen to Music
Some tunes on your run are great to keep you going, but not in the dark. When running in the dark, you need to rely on all your senses, not just your sight. Leave the music at home so you can hear any potential dangers.
5. Run in Well Lit or Populated Areas
Rethink your run route if you’re used to running on trails. Although it’s nice and peaceful while running on trails, you set yourself up as an easy target for someone to attack or accost you. Stick to busier roads and well lit areas. It may be a bit boring, but at least you’re safer.
6. Run With a Friend
Running with someone else drastically reduces the chance of someone accosting you. You’ll have a buddy to keep you motivated and an extra set of eyes, and ears, to stay on the lookout for anything strange.
7. Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
No matter how many precautions you take to keep yourself safe, always pay attention to what’s around you. If something does not seem right, trust your instincts and move away from the possible danger quickly. It’s better to be a little over cautious than seriously injured or dead.

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