Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean our activity level does. Getting that run in before the sun rises or sets is crucial for busy workers, parents and diehards. However, the road can be a dangerous place when visibility is low and a driver is not paying close enough attention to the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration, in 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. That’s one pedestrian killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes, on average.
If you’re a runner, always run against traffic on the side of the road or better yet, on a sidewalk. You’re in a better position to get out of the way of a moving vehicle if you can see them coming at you! Try to run with a buddy. We all heard stories about lone runners in the park at night — they usually don’t end well. Cyclists, on the other hand, must ride with traffic since bicycles are considered vehicles on the road. Visit Bicyclesafe.com for a true-to-life guide that will help you avoid getting hit by cars.
Wear brightly colored and reflective clothing and gear and you will offset your chances of being struck by a car. We compiled some ideas that will make you visible to drivers without looking like a total doof.