Staying Visible While Running

Running is one of the healthiest forms of exercise. According to the American Heart Association, 150 minutes of brisk physical activity per week goes a long way in maintaining healthy blood pressure and heart function. While it’s ideal to travel on designated jogging paths, sometimes it’s impossible to avoid running alongside traffic. If this sounds like a familiar situation, here are some top ways you can ensure motorists see you when running with cars:

Dress Accordingly

Did you know that your attire matters not only at night, but during the daytime too? Dressing for the time of day you’re running makes a big difference when it comes to visibility.

In daylight it’s important to wear fluorescent clothing. Bright orange, lime green, and electric yellow are all vibrant hues that’ll allow you to stand out when cars are passing. It doesn’t really matter what color you’re wearing at night because nothing is easy to see. Instead, opt for something that’s reflective. That way you’ll stand out when a car’s headlights pass over you.

A reflective yellow vest can knock out two birds with one stone and be effective any time of day.

Run Defensively

Defensive running is important because when push comes to shove, a runner is no match for a car in a collision. You have no protection, while a driver is safe and sound inside his vehicle.

What does this mean for you? For starters, you should always run against traffic. This isn’t for the motorists’ sake, but it will give you a couple of extra seconds to dive out of the way if a car is approaching too quickly.

Follow All Traffic Laws

Running defensively includes obeying traffic lights and stop signs as you would if you were driving a car. Motorists will be looking for other cars, so a pedestrian may not be on their radar.

Run on the Sidewalk

It’s always safer to run on the sidewalk when safe to do so because there’s a significantly lower chance of a car hitting you. Some states even have laws against running in the street when there’s a sidewalk readily available!

What are the cons of running on concrete? It’s one of the hardest surfaces you could run on, meaning this might not be the best option for someone with joint issues. Additionally, sidewalks weren’t built with runners in mind—there are potholes, cracks, and pedestrians. It’s always safer to run on sidewalks during the day to ensure you see obstacles in front of you.

Run in Groups!

Two runners are always easier to see than one. By running in groups you dramatically increase your visibility by not only motorists, but pedestrians and bicyclists as well. Another benefit of running with an accountability buddy is that you’ll be inspired to exercise more!

When running in a group be sure not to run more than two abreast, otherwise your group might run the chance of hogging the road.

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