Hunter & Cassidy Law

Safety tips for early morning and nighttime runners

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2024 | Personal Injury

With the demands of jobs and families, many people find the early morning or late evening the best time to get their run in. Others just prefer the cooler weather compared to the warmer temperatures of Kansas City during the midday.

While there is constant debate about early morning versus late night runs, they have one thing in common: they occur when it’s dark.

The importance of being visible

Running during off-peak hours has its attractions, but it also comes with some safety concerns. First and foremost is motorists’ reduced visibility. Dark roads with dim lighting, headlights from oncoming vehicles, inattention and fatigue contribute to their inability to see runners on the road.

Therefore, runners must make themselves visible when running in the dark. When you are getting ready to head out on a run, you should make sure you have the following gear:

  • A headlamp or clip-on light not only helps drivers see you but also helps you see any upcoming hazards
  • Reflective clothing, armbands and safety vest
  • Flashing safety lights

When running on roads, face oncoming traffic. This position allows you to see and react to vehicles, especially in low-light conditions. It also makes you more visible to drivers, who may not expect to see runners on the road during early or late hours.

No matter what time of day you run, keeping your senses tuned to your surroundings is essential. This means keeping the volume of your music low or running with one earbud out so you can hear approaching vehicles, cyclists or people with bad intentions. Minimize distractions and be aware of what’s ahead and behind you.

Whether it’s the tranquility of dawn or the cool air of dusk, there’s something magical about running before the sun comes up or after it goes down. Taking the necessary precautions can help ensure your run is enjoyable and safe. However, despite your preparedness, you can still be in an accident with a motorist. If that happens, it’s vital that you receive compensation to help with your medical expenses and any ongoing treatment.