You’ve taken up running as a new hobby and means of staying healthy. So far, it’s going well and you’re feeling a lot better about yourself. However, you’ve heard stories about runners being struck and even killed by vehicles.
Are there any steps you can take to help keep yourself safe? Outlined below are some tips that could help you to stay safe on your daily run.
Take someone with you
Do you have a friend who wants to get fit too? Is your adolescent child into sports at high school? Why not ask them if they want to join you? After all, two pairs of eyes are better than one. If you’re together, you can literally watch each other’s backs and you’ll have an increased awareness of any potential hazards.
Also, should something happen, you’ll have an immediate responder who can alert the authorities and call emergency services. This could save a life.
Your cellphone is also your friend
Perhaps all of your friends are busy, and your child isn’t interested in joining you. You can still head out on your run. Your cellphone can also be your friend.
Most phones now have GPS elements, which means you can let someone know you are heading out, and they can track your movements in real time. This way, should you be delayed in coming home, they can identify where you are. If an accident does occur and the location is remote, your GPS can help emergency services to find you.
Prioritize your safety
Visibility is also vital, and you should do your best to be seen. If possible, try to run during the daytime. If not, make sure you wear bright clothing and reflective gear.
If a driver has collided with you on your run and you have been injured, there may be a pathway to obtaining compensation for your injuries. Having experienced legal guidance can help you achieve a more favorable outcome in your personal injury case.