November is National Running Safety Month. Since it’s getting darker earlier, there’s no better time to talk about running safety and visibility.
NIGHT RUNNING TIPS
Let someone know where you’re going. Before you take off, be sure someone knows the general route you’re taking and how long to expect you’ll be gone. If you have a tracking device, such as a Garmin watch or the “Find Friends” smartphone app, you may want to share your run route with someone as well.
Carry identification. We recommend having a RoadID bracelet or tag attached to your shoe, but if you don’t have one, carry your ID in case anything should happen.
Take a friend along. Enlist a running buddy to go with you at night. There’s safety in numbers.
Consider multiple points of light. Runners who wear multiple points of light, both strobes and reflective, can be seen from 6x the distance than those who wear reflective only.
Turn the music down. Be sure you can hear oncoming traffic, both vehicles and foot traffic.
Remember the basics. Run against traffic and stay on the sidewalk when possible. And of course look both ways before crossing a street.