Attention drivers everywhere!
I have an important announcement for you.
Please pull you head out of your
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:
- 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.
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:
- 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?