5 Powerful Runner Safety Tips to Keep You Safe on the Roads
Do You Love Running?
If you’ve never thought about running, or you are a new runner, we encourage you to try it.
Besides it being fun, there are many health benefits of running.
All Runners Need To Be Careful on the Roads
Have you ever thought about your personal safety when running?
Chances are you have only thought about danger once something has unexpectedly gone wrong.
This article is here to help prevent accidents and help you avoid dangers situations. A forewarned person is a forearmed person!
Everyone who goes out for a run will want to read these runner safety tips.
- are male or female
- live in the city or suburbia
- are young or old
- run on familiar or new roads
- are new to running or an old ‘pro’
- run in the morning, during the day or at night
Danger is everywhere!
Here are the 5 most powerful runner safety tips to keep you safe on the roads.
1) The Buddy System; Don’t Run Alone
Don’t run alone if you can help it!
This is especially true for those who run
- at night
- in the dark
- on trails
- in isolated areas
There is runner safety in numbers.
Together, you deter a potential physical attack. Running with a buddy guarantees an instant helper in case there is a running accident or injury.
2) Share Your Training Plan & Route
Prior to each run, let someone know
of your run.
In addition, share where you will park and with whom you’ll be running. Better yet, have a buddy system check-in after your run, so if you do not return from a scheduled run, someone will know to alert authorities.
This can be done through an app like the Glympse App or via text message with a parent, friend, spouse, sibling or grown child.
3) Carry A Weapon
We aren’t advocating you carry a gun while running. Instead, we suggest you carry something with you that can be used as a weapon!
You could carry pepper spray and your Smartphone, as both can be used as a weapon, of sorts.
Find additional weapon ideas, including rings, claws, lights, sprays in this article by Active.com
4) Be Visible
The danger to personal safety can also come in darkness. To make sure you are visible, wear reflective clothing or accessories, lights and always, always assume the cars do not see you – be aware and get out of the way when needed.
5) Listen To Your Body
Last but not least, you need to listen to your body to keep yourself safe.
This includes knowing when to stop running in extreme weather – in the heat here in South Carolina, or in the cold and snow up north! If it hurts, stop. If you exhaust yourself – if you run past the danger zone of heatstroke and frostbite, just to name two dangers, you could do permanent damage or even go into cardiac arrest.
Did you know Strand Security has a self-defense division and that we offer classes to the public?
To learn more about personal safety and why ANYONE should take a self-defense class, read these past articles!