Walking Safely at Night
There is nothing better than a walk, run or cycle on a cool, crisp evening in the Autumn and Winter time.
However , the dark evenings does present us with a risk that we have to think about and prepare for (the hour changes soon!)
When out walking on a dark evening , we can become invisible to passing motorists and be at major risk.
There was a superb local campaign from a few years back by Get Active Down & Armagh to raise the issue of safety for runners, cyclists and walkers at night.
For many of us, the evening time is the only opportunity to get some much needed exercise or even just a breath of fresh air particularly if you have been working in an office all day.
There is nothing better than getting out into the crisp Winter air.
However, it does bring with it it’s hazards due to the now very dark evenings from 4pm on.
With many dark, rural roads and byways, motorists do find it very difficult to see people out on the road getting a little exercise.
With a little planning and consideration, we can continue to safely enjoy a winter walk at night time.
It is is vital to be
Wear Reflective or Bright Colour Clothes!
One simple way to keep safe while walking at night is to wear light coloured clothes!
However, if you have nothing but dark coloured coats, there is something we can do about that!
There are many cheap products available that will keep you bright, safe and seen in the dark months of winter whether it is just you, your family and the dog!
Check out some of them below – click on the pic or title (in orange) to grab one today!
Lead the way and be seen on those nightly dog walks!
Kit your dog out in a dog reflective vest – see one HERE – as well as yourself!!!
You can also check out the USB Rechargeable Light Up Dog Collar Light!
You can carry your water bottle too!
“Even has a water bottle reflector and a pouch to put it all in when you get back home so it’s nice and neat and easy to find all the pieces for the next outdoor venture.” – Reflector Band Set
With the LED shoe clips you are always clearly visible, especially in the night during traffic. Attach the safety clips to your shoes when riding a bike, running, jogging, climbing or walking the dog.
They are designed to move with your feet comfortably while flashing 2 different light modes so that you can be seen easily in the dark.
This flashing led armband is a must have item for outdoor activities.
You can wear it on your upper arm, wrist or ankle when you are jogging or dog walking. You can also tie it on the backpack or bicycle when you are hiking or cycling.
With high reflective material and high visible light, the led safety armband can keep potential danger away, guaranteeing people’s safety.
Simply stick on reflectors on your baby’s pram to add an extra source of visibility and get out there and enjoy your walk.
Check out the video below – these are cheap and easy to put on your pram – They can be bought on Amazon HERE
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Running at Night
Top Tips for Running, Cycling or Walking in the Dark Mornings or evenings
Run against the traffic!
This will give a driver a much better view of what is approaching them. You will also be able to see cars coming towards you.
Be careful if you are listening to music with earphones – you may not be able to hear oncoming traffic!
Run in well lit or populated areas if at all possible.
Take your phone!
Always let someone know you are going for a run and approximately how long you intend to be!
Get out with a friend if possible
Plan your route so you know exactly where you are going and what the surroundings will be like.
We would love to hear your tips for keeping safe – Comment below or on our Facebook post HERE
The Beast of the East strikes Warrenpoint in Winter of 2018!
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