Loxy loves protecting professional workers, but we also love that our products make it into casual clothing and sportswear, such as those worn by runners around the world. In addition to supplying the protection high visibility clothing, we also like to dole out tips – here are some tips for runners to stay visible in the dark.
Staying Safe, Staying Visible when u r running
No matter where you’re running, the most important thing to remember about running in the dark or in the twilight/early morning hours is that you need stay as visible as possible. Even if you’re running on a designated sidewalk, you’ll more than likely be crossing lanes of traffic or intersections. In some cases, sidewalks come to a halt and you’re forced to run along roadsides or highways. Reflective tape is the key to making sure you stay visible.
Precautions you need to take when you are running
It’s amazing how many runners, even professional athletes, that you see running along roadsides without clear visibility or high visibility clothing that incorporates sew-on reflective tape or other reflective features. The reflective material sewn into hems of clothing often isn’t enough, so runners need to wear something that is actually designed for the task at hand.
Aside from donning reflective tape and outfitting garments with additional reflective trim, things like headlamps and flashing beacons on a back strap are terrific hands-free ways to maximize visibility and keep yourself safe.
Run Facing Traffic
When you’re running, it’s important to run toward traffic, not with it. Not only does this ensure that you can see oncoming vehicles, but a lot of high visibility clothing with reflective tape or trim places the majority of it on the front and sides of the body. While there is some on the back to offer 360 degree visibility, facing traffic is the best way to stay safe and visible. It’s important at all times of the day, but even more important in the dark.
Know the Best Route for Running
Before running at night, run the route during the day so it’s visible. This helps you memorize the route. If it’s too busy during the day, then take the time to drive the route so you’re at least familiar with it. The important thing to watch for is where there are breaks or steps in the street that could trip you up. When you’re running, a tumble near the roadside could send you sprawling into a traffic lane.
When planning your route, be sure to avoid roads without a shoulder as this puts you too close to traffic and makes it too easy for traffic to drive out of its lane. Even with reflective tape or trim on your running gear there’s just too much risk associated with those areas.
Carry the Right Equipment
If you live in an area with higher crime, you may be tempted to leave your personal belongings at home, but this can often be a mistake. At the very least, carry your cell phone with you. If you have it in your hand and your cell is equipped with a light, many smart phones have the option to turn this light on and leave it on to act like a flash light. Not only will this work in tandem with your retro-reflective gear but you can also use it in the event of an emergency to call for help.
Wear a Hat
Sure a hat can be uncomfortable when you’re running and you get warm, but a hat that is outfitted with reflective trim can increase your visibility. Many visors and ball caps can be purchased with reflective materials, tape and trim along the top, sides, back and brimline to increase visibility. When you consider line of sight for reflective tape and how light returns to its source, a hat ensures that vehicles with high headlights are more likely to see you.