With the onset of fall and the end of Daylight Savings Time, it is getting dark much earlier. This can mean more risk to people who walk or run in the evening (or early morning if you’re a morning person). Here are my best tips to stay safe while you are walking or running, especially if you live in an area that doesn’t have sidewalks:
- Wear bright colors. White works great! And/or wear reflective clothing. It can be difficult for drivers to see a person wearing all black when it is dark or getting dark outside.
- Run or walk on the left side of the road. When you are on the left, you can see cars coming toward you in the same lane. If you are on the right side, the cars driving in your lane will be coming up behind you. You won’t see them coming and you might not hear them either if you listen to music, podcasts or audiobooks while you walk or run.
- If you do wear headphones, keep the volume low. This will protect your ears and allow you to hear vehicles or other runners as they approach. It’s important to stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
That’s it! Those are my best safety tips for walking or running at dusk or after dark.