Has this happened to you yet? You’re out for a run enjoying the freedom and calm that only a run can deliver, when suddenly an anonymous car with a dark windshield careens over the white line and into your space on the side of the road. As you contemplate diving into the bushes or trash cans that line the road, the car suddenly swerves back into their lane. Frightened and stunned you look towards the vehicle hoping for an apology only to see an irate driver that blames you, the runner. Seriously?
My heart rate is going up just writing this entry. However, when it comes to runners versus motor vehicles, the runner will always lose. So, please watch out for yourself and respect the vehicles right of way. The law protects the driver, not the runner or the cyclist. We carry the burden of proof in the court of law. Crazy, but true.
How You can Protect Yourself:
- Wear bright colors
- Run against traffic
- Run in the early morning when traffic is light
- Avoid the roads and move to the trails or parks
- Wear reflective vests, bands, or LED lights
- Watch for oncoming traffic
- Make eye contact with drivers when crossing in front of them
- Run in the dirt or grass (or snow bank) if you feel threatened by an oncoming vehicle
- Smile and wave to the drivers to let them know you are there
- Don’t escalate things with crude gestures and hurtful words