NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Catherine Garcia is from New York City, but spends time running in North Branford when she’s in the area, visiting her fiancé.
“I’m honestly really bad at taking safety precautions,” she said.
Chris Dickerson, owner of the Woodbridge Running Co., said, “We do hear of runners who are hit by cars not all the time but fairly often and there are things we can do to help prevent that.” Dickerson gave News 8 tips everyone should keep in mind when pounding the pavement.
- First, always run against the flow of traffic. Dickerson says roads with lower speed limits tend to be safer.
- Pick places where there’s a wide shoulder. If there’s a sidewalk, you’re definitely better off on a sidewalk if you’re going to run on the road. “I personally suggest trying trails,” he said.
- When it comes to running there’s one simple thing you can do to keep yourself safe. And it’s simply this, wearing bright colors. Whether it’s yellow or pink this will make you more visible to people around you.
Finally, running and listening to music has become the norm for many people, but it may be putting you at risk. “When you’re on the roads you’ve got to be aware of cars, buses and trucks and other pedestrians. So I always suggest keep one ear bud out so you got one ear to the world and one to your music,” Dickerson said.
These are simple tips that will remind people to think safety when running on the roads. “Now I am. I should probably be a little more conscientious of where I am actually running,” Garcia said.