Nighttime jogging is often cooler than jogging during the heat of the day. Some people prefer the quiet of the night for a relaxing jog. But the dark also presents some safety risks. If you lace up after the sun sets, use these tips to keep yourself safe.
Make Yourself Visible
Just because you can see cars easily doesn’t mean they can see you when you jog at night. It’s much harder for drivers to see you at night. Do your best to stay visible. Wear light colored clothes, such as white or bright orange. Add some reflective gear so you show up even better. You can also clip on a light so you show up to drivers.
Choose a Safe Route
Nighttime isn’t the time to take a secluded route. Stick to main routes that are well lit. This reduces the risk of an attacker being able to hide and surprise you in the dark. If someone does bother you, sticking to busy areas means you are better able to find help.
Changing up your route is also helpful. A potential attacker can memorize your routes and running schedule if you always do the same routine.
Let Someone Know
Don’t run off into the dark without letting someone know about it. Tell your spouse where you plan to run and about how long you will be gone. If you do run into trouble, the person you told will be aware of it when you don’t return on time.
Don’t Go Alone
If you can convince someone to go with you, do it. Running with a partner is always a good idea, even during the day. But at night it can be particularly helpful. Being with another person makes you less of a target for a potential attacker.
You can’t see as well at night, but you still need to stay as alert as possible. Pay attention to your surroundings. Skip the music. Since your vision is limited, you’ll need to rely more on your hearing to notice potential dangers. Even quiet music in your headphones can block out noises, such as cars, other joggers, animals or other threats.