The days are getting shorter as we move into fall, but many people still like to run outside. In fact, with all of the fall colors, this can be one of the best times to run.
However, shorter days also mean that you could face greater risks, especially when you have to run near motor vehicles. Being struck by a car can cause significant injuries, and all it takes is a split-second mistake by one of those drivers. Here are some tips you can use to try to stay safe.
Run in the middle of the day
Not everyone can do this, of course, but it may be helpful to run in the middle of the day, when you have the most light. The days are shorter, so running before or after work may mean running in the dark, which is inherently more dangerous.
Become more visible
During the day, becoming visible often just means wearing brighter clothing. But if you do have to run when it’s dark, you may want to consider things like reflective tape, headlamps or vests with LED lights. Visibility is incredibly important, as many drivers don’t even look for runners before making a turn.
Stick to sidewalks if you can
Although you could certainly be hit while running on the sidewalk, especially as you go through a crosswalk, it is still safer than running on the side of the road. When possible, try to pick a route with street lights and sidewalks so that you can give yourself a bit of distance and be more visible.
Have you still been injured?
Unfortunately, even if you do all of this correctly, drivers make mistakes constantly. There’s a reason that there are more than 30,000 fatal traffic accidents every single year. You may make sure you know what options you have to seek financial compensation for your medical bills and other costs.