According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety last year alone, over 122,000 runners, walkers, and cyclists were hit by cars. Unless you can workout during your lunch time, if you walk, run, bike, or skate, you are likely to spend at least some of your exercise time in darkness.
Collisions with cars and bikes happen on a much more regular basis then we would like them to. Almost half of fatal crashes involving runners occur between the hours of 6pm and midnight. The reality is that for people who work it is hard to exercise during the daylight hours only. Here are a few safety tips to help make sure that you don't become a statistic.
You can NEVER be too safe! While it is important to be seen by others you also want to make sure your path is well-lit for maximum visibility at night. There are many obstacles out there, vehicles are not the only threat to your safety. A well lit path can save you from tripping over debris or crashing into a sign. Headlampsoffer a simple solution to making sure you see what's ahead of you. If you think a headlamp is an obstacle in itself you might want to take a look at the newest technologies that have developed some pretty efficient, lightweight lamps, I guarantee you won't even know it's there!
Remember that safety precautions should be used at all times. If something should happen to you use your head, stay calm and take care of yourself.