Running low light nz

Stay safe running in low light

Running in low light conditions can pose certain risks, primarily due to decreased visibility. To stay safe when running in low light, consider the following tips:

  1. Wear Reflective Clothing: Choose running gear with reflective elements like a running hat with reflective trim. A reflective vest will also make you more visible to drivers and other pedestrians.

  2. Use a Headlamp or Flashlight: Illuminate your path with a headlamp or handheld flashlight to help you see where you are going and to alert others to your presence.

  3. Stay on Familiar Routes: Stick to routes you know well when running in low light conditions. Familiar paths can help you anticipate any obstacles and navigate safely.

  4. Avoid Headphones or Keep Volume Low: It's important to stay alert to your surroundings, so either avoid wearing headphones altogether or keep the volume low to hear approaching vehicles or other potential hazards.

  5. Stay Visible at Crossings: Be particularly cautious at road crossings. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing and use hand signals to indicate your intention to cross the road.

  6. Run with a Buddy: If possible, run with a friend or in a group, especially in areas with poor lighting. There is safety in numbers, and having someone else with you can help in case of an emergency.

  7. Carry Identification and a Phone: Always carry some form of identification and a phone in case of emergencies. 

  8. Be Mindful of Footing: Low light can make it difficult to see potential tripping hazards, so be extra cautious about where you step. Stick to well-lit paths and avoid areas with uneven or unfamiliar terrain.

By following these safety tips, you can minimise the risks associated with running in low-light conditions and ensure a safer and more enjoyable workout.

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