Friday, November 02, 2012

Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

If you run outside like I do, I am sure you encounter cars or trucks on your run.  I mainly run on sidewalks, but I still need to cross busy intersections via a stop sign or traffic circle. 
Just last night, I was out for a run and going at a fast pace.  I felt great and did not want to slow down.  Up ahead, I noticed a car getting ready to pull out onto the one way street I was on.  Sometimes people see me, but most of the time they don’t.  Sure enough, this lady looked left and then turned right without even noticing me.  Luckily I was paying attention or I would have been struck.  I slowed to a stop, waited for her to go and then continued on my run.

On another occasion, I was coming to a crosswalk and I thought the driver signaled me to cross.  As it turned out, he wasn’t signaling me at all and started to go.  Luckily he saw me, but this was way too close.  It’s a good thing I am careful to make eye contact with all drivers before crossing in front of them.

Here are a few other tips I have picked up over the years to help me stay safe.
  1.  Always assume the driver does not see you.
  2. If crossing in front of a car, make eye contact and proceed carefully.
  3. If running on unfamiliar roads, go slower than your usual pace and pay attention, especially near intersections.
  4.  Leave the music for the treadmill.  How can you hear an approaching vehicle if you have your music blasting.
  5. Wear a Reflective Vest and/or Light. 
How do you stay safe now that the days are shorter?

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