Jogging is terrific exercise, and some runners enjoy being outdoors and on the road in the Southern California sunshine before a hectic workday.
There are dangers to sharing the road with vehicles, though. Recognizing them, the Roadrunners Club of America offers these running safety tips:
- Keep the headphones at home. You need to be aware of your surroundings and that includes being able to hear the sounds of dangers that might not be in your immediate sightlines.
- Run against traffic to see oncoming vehicles. That will allow you to react more quickly.
- Stay alert of what is happening near you.
- Obey all traffic signals.
- Just as when you’re driving, look both ways before you cross the street. When you need to cross in front of a vehicle, make sure the driver sees, and acknowledges, you.
- Carry identification and pertinent medical information with you. The association also recommends, at the very least, writing your name and phone number, as well as your blood type, on the inside sole of your shoe.
- Keep your cellphone with you as you run.
- Wear reflective clothing, or reflective tape, if you run before dawn or at dusk. Avoid running after dark.
- Write down for friends and family members the directions of your favorite running routes.
- On multiuse trails, be careful. Look over your shoulder before you cross the trail to avoid colliding with another runner or a bicyclist.
Safety on the roads – whether as a driver, pedestrian or jogger – always should be the top priority. If you are running and are injured in a crash with a vehicle, an attorney can advise you about recouping costs for your injuries.