The Importance of Learning Running Safety Tips
In honor of National Running Safety Month, I wanted to share with you guys some great tips to take into consideration on your next run. If you’re like most people, you go to school or have a full-time job. This means that your busy schedule only allows time for you to run during low-light or dark hours of the day. It’s important for you to be visible to drivers and bikers on the road.
It’s also very important for women to stay safe even during the day. Obviously, we are more susceptible to kidnappings and assaults. Assailants find you an easy target, especially when you are alone. Criminals don’t care whether it is night time or broad daylight. As a young woman, there are safety precautions that I take to keep myself safe. Here are a few tips you can do to stay alert and make yourself more recognizable to people on the road.
11 Simple Tips To Keep Runner’s Safe
1. Make sure drivers can see you by wearing bright colors in your workout attire.
2. Run against traffic in order for you to see when cars are coming and drivers can easily see you.
3. Even though you aren’t operating vehicle, it’s important for you to obey traffic signs. Always warn drivers when you are turning and where you are going to be.
4. Keep your cell phone with you every time you go out to run. You never know what can happen along the way.
5. Try to stay in areas that have the most lighting. You can also run with a partner for safety and motivation.
6. If you listen to your playlist, avoid plugging in your earphones, so you can be more aware of your surroundings.
7. Take your dogs out on your run with you. Dogs are more than a cuddly companion. They are man’s best friend for a reason and will protect you if you run into danger. My English mastiff scares everyone away.
8. Change up your running routine makes it harder for stalkers to keep track of your whereabouts.
9. Learn a little self-defense and carry mace.
10. Look behind you occasionally and notice any familiar vehicles or people.
11. Let friends or family know you are going for a run. We live in a very technologically advanced world, so use it!
How do you keep yourself safe while you run?
For more safety tips, check out Sarah’s list! If you’ve enjoyed this post, I encourage you to share with other runners and spread the word.