As the days get shorter and the clocks are set back an hour as Daylight Savings Time ends, local runners not only encounter cooler temperatures but also a reduced number of daylight hours in the day. If you work a traditional 9-5 job it is highly likely it will be dark when you are running, unless you are able to during your lunch break or running inside.
To make sure you stay safe running in the dark, we’ve put together a few tips for running in the dark.
Wear reflective clothes
Your bright orange neon jacket won’t do you much good in the dark, so make sure your jacket and apparel are reflective. As light from vehicles and other sources hit your reflectors, you will be easily seen by drivers and pedestrians. Most running apparel and shoes come standard with reflective material, but it is always best to add additional reflectors or carry a light stick. Saucony offers a nice jacket with a built in LED light that blinks to ensure you are visible in the dark.
Run against traffic
It is a common rule for runners to run against traffic, but even more important to do so in the dark. It is important to be able to see vehicles to stay off to the side and stay out of their way, something you can’t do if they are behind you. Unless you have eyes in the back of your held, run against the traffic.
Tell someone where you are running
Before you venture out into the cold and dark air make sure to tell someone where you are running and when you expect to return. Not only will this give your spouse or friends piece of mind, but will act as a safety precaution if you don’t return when you expect to.
Please be safe and visible when running in the dark by following these tips with a dash of common sense!