National Running Safety Month

 

According to Road ID, more than 122,000 runners, walkers, and cyclists are hit by cars each year. Increasing your visibility will lessen the chances of suffering from this common safety.

1. Run on well-lit trails and roads

Staying on well-lit paths is the simplest way to stay visible.

2. Be visible by wearing bright, reflexive clothing and LED lights

From reflexive vests, sleeves, and clip on blinking lights, your local running specialty store will have amble products available that increase your visibility while running in the dark.

3. Run against traffic

Running against traffic when running on the roads allows you to see oncoming cars, but it also allows oncoming cars to see you better.

Personal Safety
Attacks on runners, are sadly not uncommon. From animal attacks to assault, every runner must be aware of the potential for attack. There are steps that can be taken to reduce the possibilities.

1. Let someone know where you running and how long it should take you

Before you head out the door, let a trusted friend or family member know where you are running and when you will expect to be back. At the completion of your run, check back in so your loved one knows you are safe. If you don’t check-in at the predetermined time, that loved one will know to be concerned and will be able to provide instructions to emergency personnel if necessary.

2. Run with a phone

Having a phone ensures your ability to call for help. It also allows emergency personnel to easy locate you.

3. Run in populated areas

You are less likely to be attacked if you are running in a location that is populated by others. Rather than running that hidden back trail, find a park full of families or friendly neighborhood.

4. Run without music, or wear only one ear bud

If you are listening to music while you run, you likely will not hear your attacker (whether dog or human) as they approach. Be aware of your environment, from the sights to the sounds.

5. Don’t stick to the same route for every run

Running the same route at the same time makes you a predictable target. Switch up your running times or find new routes in comfortable places.

6. Carry ID

Carry ID and emergency numbers during every run. Whether you have your driver’s license in your pocket or a Road ID strapped to your shoe, be sure emergency personnel know who you are and who to call in a case of emergency.

7. Run during the day

Just as running where there are other people, running in the day keeps you visible to others. If you are seen by many, you are less likely to be attacked.

Article retrieved from http://www.examiner.com

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