Some other important tips to keep in mind when hitting the streets in the dark:
1. DON'T WEAR HEADPHONES. Wearing headphones reduces your ability to hear a car, a voice, a dog or even a potential attacker. You also tend to tune out your surroundings when listening to music, even when at low volume. You need to be able to pay attention as much as possible when running in the dark.
2. DON'T WEAR DARK COLORS. White, orange and yellow running apparel are the easiest to see at night. Black, brown, blues and greens blend into the night and are difficult for drivers to see. If you have no other options than wearing dark clothing, be sure to cover yourself in reflective material (vest, reflective lights, etc.)
3. WEAR A BILLED CAP & CLEAR GLASSES. The bill of a cap will hit an unseen tree branch or another obstacle before the obstacle hits your head. Clear glasses, such as the ones from Tifosi, will protect your eyes from unseen objects and are especially hand when it rains. Anyone that has run into a tree branch can attest to the importance of these items!
4. THINK ABOUT WEARING A HEADLAMP. Headlamps and flashlights ar light and small and can illuminate the dark street in front of you. We have an excellent assortment of lights - just ask and we'll help you find the right choice for you.
5. CELL PHONE/ID. Always carry a cell phone and ID - including emergency contact information. SpiBelts and other options are available for carrying this information and keeping it secure and out of your way while running.
6. RUN WITH A PARTNER. Another runner may spot a car or hear something strange before you. Plus, attackers are less likely to approach a group of runners.
7. RUN AGAINST TRAFFIC. It is easier to avoid traffic if you can see it and it is easier for oncoming traffic to prepare to move around you when running towards them.
8. RUN BEHIND VEHICLES AT INTERSECTIONS. Even if a car has stopped at a stop sign, there's no guarantee the driver has seen you.
9. MAKE EYE CONTACT! The interaction could be the difference between having an enjoyable run/walk and one that ends in tragedy. Make eye contact with drivers and be sure they acknowledge you before heading out into an intersection or crosswalk.