Did you know that when you exercise outdoors at night or early in the morning, drivers can only spot you from about 100 yards away unless you are wearing brightly colored clothing or some sort of reflective gear or light? (Runner’s World) A pretty scary thought as we lace up our sneakers and hit the road after too many Christmas cookies and wheels of brie!
Here is the full breakdown of driver visability (Click here for online source):
- At 1/2 a mile away a driver can spot a headlight or flashlight
- At 1/4 a mile a way a driver can spot a reflective vest or a flashing light
- At 150 yards a way a driver can spot a brightly colored jacket (yellowish green or bright orange are best)
- At 50 feet a driver can spot a white t-shirt
In the spirit of hitting the road to rid ourselves of our extra holiday pounds, we found a few long sleeved shirts and jackets that will not only keep you warm, but also safe. (Click on the pictures to go directly to the its source.)
These next two options from Nike feature both a bright color and reflective elements.
These next bright options from Adidas are all really great choices!
And here are a few options for reflective vests. Remember: The best option is to either carry a flashlight or wear a reflective vest.
I am also a firm believer in carrying some sort of ID with you in case the unthinkable happens (like a run in with a car!). My go-to is the road ID . Conceived by a father and son after the son was almost seriously injured during a long distance run, a road ID lists your name, an emergency contact, health insurance company, or any other information you want first responders to know in case of an accident. My favorite option is the shoe ID. It easily attaches to your shoe and you never have to think to grab it on your way out the door.
For more information and tips about safety while running or walking, click on this Runner’s World link here.
Stay safe out there!