Drivers, please stop trying to run me over.


Attention drivers everywhere!

I have an important announcement for you.

Please pull you head out of your

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 and watch out for runners!

Actually, while you are at it, watch out for walkers and cyclists too.

I can’t count the number of times that I have ALMOST been hit by a car while running. Seriously, it’s ridiculous.

According to the RoadID website, every year over 122,000 runners, walkers, and cyclists are hit by cars.

Can you believe that?!? Over 122,000 pedestrians!

As a runner,

there are things you can to do protect yourself against distracted drivers:

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  • When running on the road, stay on the left side of the street and run towards oncoming traffic.
  • Wear bright and/or reflective attire. (This one goes out to the idiot kid who runs down my street at night wearing black. Newsflash, I can’t see you, it’s dark.)
  • Avoid wearing headphones or if you need to listen to music, keep one ear free to listen to your surroundings.
  • Be aware of your surroundings! I know you are probably in “the zone” during your run, but realize that most drivers are probably texting or checking their Facebook… so pay attention.
  • Anticipate! If you see a car backing up, turning in front of you, or inching towards the sidewalk… MOVE!

I have a tendency to give a little attitude to cars that do not give me the right-of-way (hands on the hips, or arms raised up in the “what the heck” pose), but that is just me.

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 I don’t give them the “Do you want a knuckle sandwich” look, but I should.

As a driver,

there are things you can to do protect yourself against distracted runners:

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  • First off, GET OFF YOUR PHONE! Your status update about how your dog pooped on the carpet this morning can wait until you get home.
  • Pay attention to where they are going!
  • Remember that pedestrians have the right away! Don’t be a jerk.
  • Anticipate the fact that they might run out in front of you and have an escape plan.
  • Be respectful! Allow them to run in front of you and give them the Runner wave. They will like you for it. Trust me.
  • If you are in the middle of the driveway, waiting for a break in traffic, and you see a runner coming… back up and let them pass (if you can safely back up, of course). When people do this for me, it makes my day. I mean come on man, I am working out here (and you are sitting on your butt inside of a car)… don’t make me run around you.

The most important thing

to realize is that WE ALL need to pay attention to what is going on around us. So, put down your cell phone, turn down your music and open up your eyes. If we all take the proper steps to prevent unnecessary accidents, I think this world would be a little safer, don’t you?

-RatherBeRunnin’

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27 thoughts on “Drivers, please stop trying to run me over.

  1. Chuck says:

    I run some, I drive more, so calling myself a runner could be a stretch. lol Around me (SC) we have runners that will run in the middle of the road in the city even if there is a sidewalk. I get that… the asphalt is easier on the knees. They run against traffic as they should. Bravo! But these runners run 3 wide, down the middle of the road (even if there is nothing but empty parallel parking spots beside them)!! They do not yield to any cars forcing drivers to go around them. Although clearly in the wrong, you would not believe the attitude and language they get if rebuked. Is it all part of the “me, me, me” reality that is going around now? These appear to be professors from the University. What motivates these guys to be so anti-establishment.

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  2. bubblyrunner says:

    I love everything about this post! I live/run in D.C. and drivers are cray cray here. I have definitely had a few incidents where I’ve shaken my fist and/or yelled at someone because they’re complete idiots and have almost run me over. Like, how can you make eye contact with me and STILL not stop?!

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  3. stefangriffin says:

    Love this post. Have you ever had a driver scold you for running against traffic? I was scolded a few weeks ago for being “an a**hole runner” who thought I owned the road…even though I was in the shoulder and following the rules!!

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  4. Rebecca Royy says:

    True on the headphones thing. There is an electric car one one of the streets I run on. It SOOO quiet. Even with headphones out I barely hear him. Luckily it is dark , so I see his headlights, plus he knows me and to look for me

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  5. Sarah Howard says:

    Where I live ( out in the middle of farm country) my biggest worry are big trucks hauling tomatoes, hay or cotton. Some don’t stop at stop signs, but just roll on through. So, good post to all those athletes out there, and don’t hate on us swimmers we can be dangerous when we want to be.

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  6. IowaTriBob says:

    Excellent post and I’ve had a few drivers (both while I’ve been running and riding) that seem to go out of their way to come close to me just because! I guess they think we don’t have any right of way on the roads as well. However, I do also agree that as runners headphones are a disaster. I don’t wear them and can hear cars coming up from behind me, car’s starting in driveways, and other noises to be aware of. I’ve seen too many runners zoned out with headphones that actually are the cause of the issues and luckily the drivers are the ones paying attention in most of these cases.

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