November is National Running Safety Month. Since it’s getting darker earlier, there’s no better time to talk about running safety and visibility.
NIGHT RUNNING TIPS
- Let someone know where you’re going. Before you take off, be sure someone knows the general route you’re taking and how long to expect you’ll be gone. If you have a tracking device, such as a Garmin watch or the “Find Friends” smartphone app, you may want to share your run route with someone as well.
- Carry identification. We recommend having a RoadID bracelet or tag attached to your shoe, but if you don’t have one, carry your ID in case anything should happen.
- Take a friend along. Enlist a running buddy to go with you at night. There’s safety in numbers.
- Consider multiple points of light. Runners who wear multiple points of light, both strobes and reflective, can be seen from 6x the distance than those who wear reflective only.
- Turn the music down. Be sure you can hear oncoming traffic, both vehicles and foot traffic.
- Remember the basics. Run against traffic and stay on the sidewalk when possible. And of course look both ways before crossing a street.
- Stop in to a Fleet Feet store near you to check out the latest products to keep you safe, or shop for products on our online store.