This article was published on November 3rd, 2014
With the days getting shorter and the recent time change, chances are you’ll be running in the dark this autumn and throughout the winter. While most people prefer to run in daylight, busy schedules don’t always allow it. It’s important to remember these 7 tips for running in the dark, so you remain safe.
- Be visible. When selecting running gear, it’s best to pick bright coloured clothing with reflective material, so you can be seen at night. Too many runners wear black or dark clothing, which make it hard for vehicles to see them, especially on rainy nights. While neon colours may not be fashionable, it could save your life.
- Run against traffic. Most of the time you’ll be running on a sidewalk, but in the chance that there is no sidewalk, make sure you are running against traffic. You need to make eye-contact with the driver and they need to see you. This is really important, especially at intersections.
- Carry identification. In the off chance you have a medical emergency or are in an accident, your ID could be the difference between life and death. Make sure you always carry a copy of your drivers license and health care / health insurance card with you so you can be identified and treated right away.
- Stick to well-lit routes. Accidents, assaults, muggings, and other dangerous situations can easily take place in the dark. Stick to streets that are well lit, so that you can be seen by others and so you and avoid hazards and risks.
- Run in a group. There’s always safety in numbers. Running with a group of people will not only help you stay safe while in the dark, but running groups, like the Running Room clinics, help keep you accountable, on a training schedule, and motivated.
- Carry a cell phone. You can’t predict when an emergency will happen. If you spot a fire, robbery, accident, or experience an urgent medical situation, you can quickly call 9-1-1 and get help right away. It’s also helpful in case you are too tired to complete the run because you can call a taxi to get you back safely.
- Leave the music at home. Running with music is fine, during the day, but at night there are too many dangers. Avoid the temptation of listening to music at night so you can listen for oncoming dangers including vehicles or other people approaching in the dark.