It's that time again: we've turned the clocks back and suddenly our after-work runs are in the dark. Remember that tired commuters are not always looking out for pedestrians, and even the best driver's vision is impaired in the dark. According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration, 75 percent of pedestrian fatalities in traffic crashes occur in the dark. Most of those occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. during the fall and winter. The risk is nearly as great in the pre-dawn hours, too.
Many running shoes and apparel pieces are made with built-in reflective components, but running safely in the dark requires more than that (those tiny reflective stripes are useless if there's no light to reflect!). In addition to reflectivity, it's important to also have something illuminated on your body, and preferably in front and in back. Light up moving parts: a light on your shoe, one on your arm, and a reflective water bottle will do even more to draw drivers' attention to you.
Here are a few other tips for a safe run in the dark:
Check out some of our favorite low-light gear below, and we'll see you out there!