The warmer weather brings out more runners, joggers, and walkers who use our roads as a way to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings while exercising. Longer daylight hours increase the potential for the need to share the roadways.
Safety is paramount and at Jacketta Sweeping we want to avoid accidents. Street Sweeping in Salt Lake City will remove debris, but we can’t completely eliminate danger to runners and pedestrians alone. To help, we’re devoting this post to offering safety tips for those on foot. While many of these tips are basic, all too often the statistics tell us that people forget, and injury can result. Thousands of pedestrians and runners are hit by cars each year, and many of them are fatally injured.
Please read and share with your family and friends. If we can help even one family avoid a tragedy, it will be worth it. Street sweeping will remove debris in the way, but runners and walkers need to be aware.
Tips for Walkers and Runners
1. Run or walk against traffic so you can observe approaching automobiles. By facing oncoming traffic, you may be able to react more quickly than if it’s behind you.
2. Use your ears to be aware of your surroundings. It may help you avoid dangers your eyes may miss during evening or early morning runs. Wearing headphones can inhibit your ability to hear an approaching vehicle.
3. Look both ways before crossing. Be sure the driver of a car acknowledges your right-of-way before crossing in front of a vehicle. Obey traffic signals.
4. Wear reflective material if you must be out before dawn or after dark. Avoid being directly on the street when it is dark whenever possible.
5. Never run or walk more than two abreast if you are in a group. Don’t be a road hog.
6. Don’t run or walk down the middle of the road.
7. Pay attention and plan if you need to move into the roadway to avoid a hazard, including debris or parked cars. Look and listen to be sure you aren’t suddenly getting in front of a moving car.
8. Making a sudden u-turn without looking over your shoulder is a good way to get hit. Stop and step to the right to allow oncoming traffic the opportunity to pass.
9. Be aware of rising and setting sun glare. If drivers are looking into the sun to check if roads and sidewalks are clear, they can be blinding by the rising or setting sun. Pause a moment to be sure they see you and offer the right of way.
10. Teach your children these safety rules, and enforce them when you are together. Form smart safety habits early.
Road Runners Club of America has many of these tips on their website, so visit their website for more information. Please stay safe!