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Safety Tips for Runners and Joggers

If you run or jog for either recreation or exercise, then you need to be aware of all of the vehicles on the road. When a car, truck or motorcycle hits a pedestrian here in Whittier, CA one of the most common things they say is "I never saw him!" So, in the end--if you're a runner or a jogger, it is partially your job to stay clear of drivers to stay safe and in one piece.

Runners and joggers should always adhere to the same pedestrian safety guidelines that are devised for walkers. Because they move along at a higher rate, runners are exposed to more danger, because they have less reaction time than a usual pedestrian. For that reason, they should be more vigilant and careful in maintaining their safety while running or jogging.

Here are some helpful tips from all of us at Auto Collision Group Inc., because we want runners and joggers to be as safe as they can in each situation:

·         Adhere to all traffic laws, rules, signs and signals – particularly those relating specifically to pedestrians

·         Wear light-colored or reflective clothing, especially at night

·         Stay in well-lit areas whenever possible

·         Walk during the day if you can

·         Always use crosswalks when crossing the street

·         Stay on all sidewalks or run on the far side of the roadway while facing traffic

·         Stand on the corner as you wait for lights to change and not 2-3 steps into the street

·         Never assume that any driver sees you or will offer you the right-of-way

·         Avoid any and all distractions , which means don’t run with headphones. You need to be able to focus on what is around you and if you can't hear approaching vehicles or other dangers, you're in a perilous situation

·         Make eye contact with drivers while crossing the street

Common sense will guide you when making decisions as a runner, jogger or pedestrian. Remember that you do have the right-of-way, but in the end, a car is going to win that fight. Rude and pushy pedestrians think they're in charge on the road, but then they get hit and their opinion changes quickly. Running and jogging is a great form of exercise, so be vigilant, patient and hyper-aware of your surroundings, and you will be safe and in one piece for the long run.

Sources: AAA, AARP and Calif. DMV

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