Knowing how to keep safe when running on the road is important given the number of accidents that can occur between pedestrians and cars. People who run outdoors are going to have to accept that they will face hazards that the people who are running indoors on treadmills are not going to encounter. However, if they plan ahead when it comes to these hazards, they will be that much more likely to stay safe.
Run Against Traffic
It is important to run against traffic and not with traffic. As such, the drivers will find it that much easier to spot runners. Runners will still be going slower than drivers in almost all cases, but drivers can be distracted. Runners are going fast enough that drivers might not see them right away unless the runners are moving against traffic.
Visibility in general is important for runners. Runners who are running at night should wear some sort of reflecting gear, so the streetlights and lights on cars help make them more apparent to drivers. The top running shoes are almost always made of reflectorized material to ensure maximum visibility for runners who prefer hitting the pavement at night. It would be wise to invest in a good pair of running shoes not only to for comfort but also for safety. Even runners who are exercising when it is still light outside should try to make themselves as visible as possible, being mindful of the position of other drivers.
Of course, runners should think about other outdoors hazards, too. They should always wear sunscreen unless they are running at night, even if it is late in the day. It’s a good idea to wear sunglasses too, especially for the people with light-colored eyes. Runners should wear shoes that provide enough support, since the hard pavement of the road is going to be much rougher on their knees than the surface of a treadmill.
People running long distances should bring bottles of water with them in order to stay hydrated. It’s also a good idea for runners to have some way to defend themselves with outdoor running, especially through certain areas. In some areas, it is perfectly legal to carry defensive products like mace and pepper spray. However, overall, runners have more to fear from drivers than they do from other people on foot.
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