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Five Safety Tips for Runners

Are you an avid runner or just getting started? Whatever the case, here are five safety tips for runners to keep you safe and sound on your runs! One of my favorite tips is to wear Road ID!

It seems like I read something in the paper or hear a story on the radio every week about a runner or cyclist being hit by a car operated by a distracted driver.  In fact, I have witnessed a number of distracted drivers while I have been running. Once I had to jump off the road as a teen driver was on her phone swerving into the break down lane. She saw me at the last minute and swerved back into her lane. It was frightening and I am glad that I was completely aware of my surroundings at that moment. I have to admit that this has created a lot of anxiety for me before I head out for a run. In order to alleviate that, I came up with a list of 5 things to keep me and you safe while running. Check out these top Five Safety Tips for Runners.

What are some good safety tips for runners?

Run Facing Traffic

Always run facing traffic so you can see oncoming vehicles and you are able to move out of the way if you spot a distracted driver. Never assume the driver sees you, especially when you are running past parking lot entrances or across the street.The last thing you want is for something to happen, and although you can get a car accident lawyer to help you in this situation, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Woman running in street

 Be visible when running

Wear bright colors that are easily seen, such as fluorescent yellow (or my favorite, neon pink). If you are running in the early morning hours or close to sunset, make sure to shop for reflective gear now to wear for safety. Also, wear a headlamp or carry a light if it is getting dark outside. I have a flashing red LED lighted band that I wear on my upper arm in addition to my headlamp during dark hours.

Large group of runners wearing neon yellow reflective vests

 

Inform other people before you run

Make sure to let someone know when and where you are headed for your run. I always tell my husband my route and how long I plan on it taking me. Also, I always carry my cell phone, even for shorter runs. One other thing to check out some of the phone apps out there that you can share where you are running in real time.

Young fitness woman running in the park

 

If you listen to music when you run…

I do love listening to music while I run, but had stopped doing this for safety reasons. However, I recently discovered the Aftershokz Titanium Headphones and have started listening to my beloved running music again. What makes these safe? They are bone conduction headphones that sit outside of your ear that way you can listen to  music, but also hear what is going on around you. Check out my complete review of Aftershokz Titanium Headphones.  I do keep the volume low so I can hear what is happening in my surroundings.

Woman by the ocean wearing headphones and visor

 

 

Wear Road ID

Make sure you are wearing some form of identification, especially when running alone. I love my Road ID that I strap around my ankle. They also make identification bracelets and ID’s you can attach to your sneaker. They are terrific to wear for cycling or swimming!

 

Road ID

 

 

So Tell Me…

What are your favorite safety tips for runners? Do you listen to music while you run? Did you enter the giveaway for a chance to win a Road ID gift card?

Thank you so much for stopping by. As always I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Have a great week and stay safe!

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Diane

Tuesday 29th of March 2022

Great running safety tips. Stay alert, know the location you are running stay on the path and listen to your body.

Brittany

Wednesday 1st of April 2020

Love these! I definitely think about that multiple times with so many "noise canceling" headphones and question how safe it is to have the music cranked!

Michelle | Bliss From Balance

Tuesday 31st of March 2020

Great tips! I've been lucky enough to be able to run in parks during busy hours, but totally agree with needing to run facing traffic on the road. It's also so hard to run without music, but can completely understand if you're around cars or not in a safe situation.

De Bolton

Tuesday 31st of March 2020

I just began running two weeks ago and really needed to know these rules. Thanks

Deborah Brooks

Monday 30th of March 2020

I have always been a proponent of safety in numbers. Also agree that it is important to run towards traffic. I see so many runner not doing this and it is so dangerous. Love my Road ID can never have too many!