Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ways To Safe Running On the Road

With winter juts around the corner and it getting darker earlier, usual routines of walking or running in the early mornings or late evenings can feel different. From the route you take, to how much traffic there is outside, to whether the traffic can even see you, there are ways to stay safe when you're on the road. Follow these tips from Runner's World:
  1. Leave word. Tell someone or leave a note that you've gone out and where. That way, if they need to
    come find you, they'll know where to look.
  2. Have ID. Carry your identification and your cell phone with emergency contacts with you every time you go out. 
  3. Pretend you're invisible. Don't make the assumption that a drive can see you. Because they likely aren't paying attention to what you're doing- they're paying attention to what they're doing. Behave like they can't see you. 
  4. Face traffic. It's easier to react and see when you're facing oncoming traffic. Drivers will also see you more clearly.
  5. Make room. If traffic is heavy or the road narrows, move over to the side or on the sidewalk.
  6. Wear colorful clothing. The brighter you can dress, the better. If you're running near or after sunset, be sure to wear reflective clothing, like a lightweight vest. Bring a headlamp or handheld light with you so you can see where you're going and drivers can see you as well. 
  7. Forgo the iPod. We know it's tempting to bring along your favorite tunes to motivate you when you're running, but you're less likely to hear an approaching car. If you absolutely must bring your music with you, keep the volume on low. 
  8. Watch for hills. As drivers come over hills, their vision can be compromised by sun glare or backdrops. 
  9. Watch for high-risk drivers. Stay away from parking lots, bars, and restaurants, where there may be heavy traffic. 
  10. Be aware of early birds and night owls. These types of drivers tend to be overtired and less mindful of what is on the road. 
  11. Mind your manners. When at a stop light or stop sign, wait for the driver to wave through, then give a polite wave. By doing that, that driver will be more inclined to do it in the future. Use hand signals to indicate which way you're going. 
If you are a runner with a foot or ankle problem, call our Rocky Hill or Middletown office to make an appointment.
Jeffrey S. Kahn, DPM
Connecticut Foot Care Centers
Sports Medicine Podiatrist in CT
Podiatrist in Rocky Hill and Middletown, CT
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