This time of year we always start to chat running safety. The sun starts setting earlier, and by the time we fall back and change the clocks, forget it. If you’re running past 4 o’clock, you better be prepared to run in the dark. November is National Running Safety Month, so our pals at Brooks Running (we’re ambassadors!) have shared their expertise on how to run safely next month — and all the months!
Running Safety Tips from the Experts
Running in low-light hours is something you’re used to. You know how to be seen when it’s dark out, but do you know why it’s important to be recognized? Being recognized as a human lets drivers know to use extra caution when passing you–more caution than what they’d use when passing a traffic cone or road sign, for example.
Recognition is achieved by combining a system of technologies that map to the range of lighting conditions (including daylight, dusk and darkness) and cognitive science to study how the eye sees at night. Brooks Nightlife is designed with the colors and specific reflectivity points that increase visibility and also the chances of being recognized. Pairing fluorescent colors with strategically placed contrast colors and retroreflective detail that map to bio-motion principals creates a silhouette in motion, which helps ensure the brain recognizes what it’s seeing as a person and not a static object.
And here are some visibility tips…which conveniently spells out Brooks!
I’ll be reviewing some of the Brooks reflective gear next week, so stay tuned. Trust me, you’re going to want to pick up what I’ll be throwing down. And by throwing down, I mean what I’ll be talking about. Because I’m not throwing down or letting go of any of it.
Do you run in the dark? What precautions do you take? —Erin