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Tips on Walking Safely at Night

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Walking is a great way to lose weight and stay fit, but it doesn’t always fit into our busy schedules during the day. If you choose to walk at night, whether it is for pleasure or for exercise, be sure to follow these tips on walking safely at night and keep yourself safe out there in the dark.

Walking safely at night sometimes requires reflective materials

Walking safely at night sometimes requires reflective materials, like this orange vest.

Make yourself visible. Reflective badges, vests, stickers, or any other article of clothing that has reflective materials are handy to have if you are a night walker. If you don’t have anything of that sort at your disposal, wearing bright or light colored clothing such as yellow, white or orange will catch the attention of drivers, warning them of your presence.

Always face oncoming traffic. Walking towards traffic allows you to see where the car is going, giving you plenty of time to move out of the way if necessary.

Walk where sidewalks or walkways are prevalent. No matter the amount of reflective gear you might have on, it’s still difficult for drivers to see pedestrians at night. Walking on predetermined walkways and sidewalks will lower the likelihood of a car not seeing you on the road.

Be alert. Try not to wear headphones. They eliminate one of your strongest senses, making it impossible to hear an oncoming vehicle or person. Keep an eye on your surroundings at all times to ensure your safety. It is also best to stay in a well lit area that is well populated if you are exercising at night.

Take a phone with you. You want to be able to contact someone immediately if you have any problems during your walk, such as an unexpected injury or getting lost.

Walk with another person. If at all possible, try to take someone else with you if you’re walking at night. There is safety in numbers and a driver is more likely to notice a group of people than a singular person.

Keep these tips in mind the next time you decide to walk safely at night!