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Aug 29, 2019

12 Road-Running Safety Tips for Running in Town

Running is a rewarding life-long hobby that can help you stay in shape and, when the weather is nice, help you spend more time outside, even when you live in a metropolitan area. Running on the road and around traffic, however, can pose some serious safety risks. 

Whether you’re an early-rising road runner, a lunch hour jogger or look forward to unwinding at the end of the day with a family run, check out the tips below to help you stay safe while running in town. 

  1. Pick out bright clothing to wear. Bright clothing will make you more visible to traffic. This is especially important if you’re running in the early morning or at night. 
  2. Leave the headphones at home. Wearing headphones while running is dangerous because you’re unable to use your hearing to stay aware of surroundings. This is especially important when running near traffic. 
  3. Communicate your plans. Never leave home without telling either a friend or family member your plans. It’s important that someone always knows where you are. 
  4. Hydrate! It’s crucial that you drink plenty of water before, during and after your run, especially if you’re running on hot pavement which can cause you to sweat more. Drinking plenty of water will help you avoid dehydration. Run against traffic. This helps prevent traffic-related accidents, as you’ll be more visible to drivers. This will also help you keep an eye on oncoming traffic and give you more time to react should something go awry. 
  5. Look both ways. Just like your parents always told you! Look both ways before crossing the street and always obey traffic signals. 
  6. Watch where you’re putting your feet. Running outside means being mindful of pot holes and uneven sidewalks. 
  7. Share the space! If you’re running during a busy time of day, be courteous of other runners and pedestrians sharing the sidewalk and shoulder of the road. 
  8. Carry your cell phone. Most workout apparel is now made with pockets so you’re able to keep your cell phone on- hand. While you might not want it weighing you down while you’re out running, it’s important that you always have a way to contact someone should you get hurt or lost. You may want to consider getting a running fanny pack to keep your phone and emergency information in while running. 
  9. Trust your intuition. Avoid areas and people when your intuition warns you to be skeptical of them. If something doesn’t “feel right,” it probably isn’t. 
  10. Run with a partner. Keep yourself safer (and more motivated!) by running with a friend or your dog. TIP: If you’re running with your dog, keep yourself between him or her and traffic. 
  11. Carry ID or write your name, phone number and blood type on the inside sole of your running shoe. In case of emergency, this information will be crucial in helping you get the care you need.