Safety tips for sidewalk runners

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Even if you’d prefer to be out on a forest trail for your daily run, you may not have that option. Many people have to do their standard jog on the sidewalks around their homes. 

If you do find yourself in this situation, it means that you can’t avoid running near traffic. At times, you may have to cross the road or even run in the road if there’s not a sidewalk. You need to know how to do this safely. Here are some tips:

Face the oncoming traffic

First of all, make sure that you always face traffic when you run. This means going on the opposite side of the road that you would if you were riding a bike or driving a car.

Wear bright colors

One of the major reasons that pedestrians get hit by cars is simply because they’re not that visible. The brighter your clothing when you go for a run, the safer you are. You may even want to wear a light vest with LED lights in it if you’re going to be running after dark.

Don’t let yourself get distracted

It’s also wise to be as alert as possible for your entire run. Running itself can be distracting, especially as you get tired. You don’t want to make this worse by doing something like putting on a pair of headphones with your favorite music. Something like that can certainly make the running more enjoyable, but it also means that you are far more distracted and more likely to be injured.

What if you get hit anyway?

There’s no safety tip that guarantees you won’t be hit by a negligent driver. If you get injured, you need to know how to seek financial compensation