Can reflective apparel save your life?
While statistics have not been kept by the National Transportation Safety Board, a poll by Runners World in 2009 revealed that six percent of runners were hit by a car while running.
It's unfortunate that whenever an accident happens, you hear a driver say, "I didn't see you."
That may be true, they didn't see you. They may not have been paying attention.
What can you do to stay safe while going for a run? Read on to learn the top ways you can be safe.
How to Be Seen While Running?
Bright or white clothing isn't enough. Drivers can only see you from 180 feet away. That's just enough distance for a car going 36 mph to come to a full stop.
Reflective apparel can help drivers see you from 500 feet away. That gives you and drivers plenty of time to react if you need to.
In order to get a driver's attention, you'll want to wear reflective gear on areas of your body that have a lot of motion. For runners, that will be around your wrists, ankles, feet, and hands as they have maximum movement during your stride.
Also, consider that most headlights on cars are pointed low to see the road and to prevent their headlights from blinding other drivers.
That means that you should have reflective material on your legs. One option is to wear reflective tights that have reflective material on the lower part of your legs.
For even more visibility, make an investment in a headlamp. That will make you more visible and will help you see the road ahead.
Other Safety Tips for Runners
What else can runners do to stay safe?
When you're on a nighttime run, being seen is part of the equation. You need to have a high level of awareness to know when cars are coming and when you may be in danger.
That's why you don't want to completely tune out the world with headphones. That will limit your ability to know when cars are coming. If you absolutely need music on your run, go with a single bud earphone.
When you're on your run, you do want to face traffic. That will give you enough time to react to oncoming cars if you need to.
Is It Possible to Be Seen and Stylish?
Would you rather wear boring reflective apparel or would you rather wear something that reflects your personality?
If you're like most runners, you'll want something that reflects your personality and reflects for safety.
You can get reflective clothing that has slogans and humorous sayings or you can get something customized just for your running club.
Not only that, but your reflective gear can be comfortable, which is essential for runners.
Reflective Apparel to Keep You Safe
Most accidents that involve pedestrians happen at night. If you're an avid runner or just getting started, you want to make sure you're seen.
RUSEEN Reflective Apparel is made with runners in mind. Our employees are runners and cyclists and they understand the importance of running safety while being comfortable.
Start shopping for your reflective gear today.