Running without reflective gear is like driving without headlights. Every year, approximately 59,000 pedestrians are injured by automobiles. It is crucial that if you are running, walking or cycling during low-light or dark conditions that you are taking all the measures you can to make sure you are being seen. As our friends from Nathan Performance say, "GET LIT. DON'T GET HIT."
Here are a few tips from our friends at Nathan Performance:
360-Degree Visibility: Make sure your visibility plan allows you to be seen from the front, side, and back so drivers can locate you regardless of which direction they are approaching.
LED Lights: Battery-operated LED strobes generate their own light so you don't have to rely on a car's headlights for reflectivity. Active LED visibility provides visibility no matter where or what type of light source exists. Colored LED lights alert drivers as to which direction they are approaching you.
Retro-Reflective Material: Retro-reflective means that light bounces straight back to its source with a minimum of scattering. Drivers detect pedestrians wearing retro-reflective at distances up to 6X greater than pedestrians wearing a white t-shirt.
Average Stopping Distance: The average distance it can take a car to stop on dry pavement moving at 45 mph is 195 feet. Could you stop in time? Check out this video from Nathan about visibility:
Nathan Streak Vest: 360-degree reflective, ultra lightweight vest. You won't notice it's there but cars will. Learn more.
Nathan StrobeLight: Clip-on LED strobe with 100+ hours of battery life and two-settings. Learn more.
Nathan LightSpur: Easily attachable LED LightSpur with multiple settings stays put on the heel of your running, walking or cycling shoes. Learn more.
Nathan LightBender: An incredibly lightweight LED band that wraps around your arm to provide 360 degrees of visibility. Learn more.
Knuckle Lights: Lights designed to be worn on your hands, in the perfect position to light your path. Learn more.
Visibility Clothing from the Brooks NightLife Collection & Saucony ViZiPRO Collection
Fleet Feet Sports has a wide selection of safety and visibility products. Stop by and let one of our FIT Professionals help you find the best products for your needs!
WEAR IDENTIFICATION. You should always be running/walking with identification complete with emergency contact information and any medical history (allergies). Don't think, "It won't happen to me." Drivers are distracted nowadays, and so are other runners, walkers and cyclists. Accidents happen.
LET SOMEONE KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING. Planning on going for a run by yourself? Let someone know where you plan on running and how long you will be out.
BUDDY-UP. Especially if you are running in the dark, try to find a running-buddy. Not only is it more fun running when you have company, but you also get the added comfort of having someone with you.
RUN AGAINST TRAFFIC.
DON'T ASSUME THEY WILL STOP. Don't assume that drivers will stop for pedestrians. Make sure to be on the defensive at all times.
CARRY CHANGE. In case you need to call a cab.
CARRY YOUR CELL PHONE.
KEEP HEADPHONES AT HOME. We know, there are times when you just want to rock out to some tunes and enjoy the music and your run. Please make sure if you must run with headphones that you keep the volume low enough that you will hear other pedestrians, cars, and are aware of your surroundings.