Many people prefer to run when the air temperature is cooler, whether at night or early in the morning. If you’re one of them, you need to take extra safety measures compared to your daytime counterparts.
Just because fewer people are out and about doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. Here’s how to enjoy your run and stay safe in the dark.
Be seen to be safe!
Compared to running during the day, you’re less visible to drivers, and you have a higher chance of encountering animals or other obstacles in your way. That’s why taking extra safety precautions when running after the sun goes down is essential. Here are some tips:
- Always inform someone when heading out for a run, and remember to take your phone and ID.
- Run in well-lit, populated areas, but that is also where there is increased traffic.
- Pay attention to your surroundings. Be aware of traffic, obstacles, and other runners.
- If you are wearing headphones, keep the volume low so you can still hear what’s happening around you.
- Run against traffic. This will help you see oncoming traffic and avoid potholes, uneven sidewalks, and other obstacles on the road.
When dressing for a night run, it is important to be visible to both oncoming traffic and pedestrians. Reflective materials are key, so aim to wear light-colored clothing with reflectors built-in or attached. It is also a good idea to wear a headlamp or carry a flashlight so you can see and be seen.
Even if you follow these tips, you could still be hit by an inattentive driver. If that happens, you will need to seek compensation for your injuries.