Tips for running in the dark of night

After the summer, the hours of daylight get shorter and shorter, it disappears in the middle of the afternoon and it gets dark very early, but most of us have no choice but to go out to train at those hours, whether, for work, studies or simply because we want more than getting up early, and what we find are dark streets. So in this post we are going to see a few tips to run at night and be safer in the dark.

It has a light. This is essential if what we want is to illuminate the streets where we run. A frontal would be the most appropriate if we are going to run through areas with no light and highly recommended if it is in the mountains (the Run Light is perfect). But we must not forget that lighting is not only for us to see, but also for other vehicles to see us, so it is highly recommended to carry some safety light, both in front and behind. Currently they sell many devices of this type, even in the form of an armband or anklets with LED lights that do not disturb anything on the go.

Reflective clothing. Another tip for night running is to make sure you wear clothes that have reflective fabric, it is not a matter of going out to run at 10 at night in mourning. Most sports clothing, sneakers, and running accessories have a reflective strip, but if you think that it is not enough you can choose to buy some attractive armband or even adapt pieces of, for example, a typical reflective car vest, to your equipment.

Always run facing traffic. This is very important and should not be forgotten. If we run through areas without sidewalks and with traffic, we must always go along the shoulder where we see the vehicles coming from the front, so we can have a minimum reaction margin if we see that something can happen and we will not be startled if large motorcycles or vehicles pass.

Bring a phone. No one knows the unforeseen things you can have in the middle of the night, so carrying a phone can get us out of an emergency. Luckily, thanks to the rise of sports applications for smartphones, many people wear the phone with bracelets and could use it if they needed to.

Tips for night running, safety first

Bring identification. Nobody thinks of having an accident while running, but better be prepared, so it costs nothing to carry identification with our data or even buy us a bracelet like the ones from Safesport ID, which can be personalized with contact phones, illnesses, allergies, etc. You can find them on their website from € 16.95. In our case, we have analyzed in depth the Codylife Sport, very to take into account.

He wears a cap. Although it may seem silly, if you are used to training in areas where there is traffic, you may want to try wearing a cap for those moments when the lights of the cars coming from the front blind us and it would only be enough to lower the visor to avoid it.

Leave the music at home. Carrying music helps us distract ourselves during training, motivates us, and gives us the feeling that time passes faster. This is great, but at night we need to be more attentive to everything that happens around us and since our eyesight is impaired by the lack of light, it is advisable to at least have a good ear and leave our brand new headphones to run at home.

As you can see, they are simple tips, many of common sense, but they can make our night outings more comfortable and, above all, safer. What are your tricks when you go out without the Sun to burn shoes?

Honda holds a road safety tote bag presentation ceremony

On the 19th, Honda produced a road safety tote bag for children, “Mamata Tote on the shoulder” and held a presentation ceremony and a road safety class at a nursery school in Tokyo.

Reflective material is a strong ally that prevents accidents after the evening

Compared to midsummer, which was bright until around 19:00, it was much faster to set sun. In my area, a voice and chime broadcast “Let’s go home” is played at 17:30 for children playing in parks, but it is already dim at that time. A traffic accident while walking will increase in the time when dusk is getting much earlier. Looking at the data on the number of casualties by age, it is stunned that there are many children aged 7 years. The most common time is October, with 68% of accidents occurring between 15:00 and 18:00, just after leaving school.

My nephew was just 7 years old this month, but he entered elementary school in April this year, and for the first time he went to school on foot without his parents. Spring was still tense, but my friends increased and I became used to school life. After the summer semester, the second semester started, and now I can walk on my way to and from school. Sometimes he suddenly starts running with friends and chats without looking around.

At that time, if a driver carelessly passes by. If you think so, you will tremble, but you can imagine that many unfortunate situations often overlap the background of the sudden increase in accidents for 7-year-old children. No matter how much attention parents and teachers have, it is difficult to completely correct the behavior of free-spirited children. Therefore, what is important is to increase the accident prevention effect with clothes and goods for “protecting yourself”.

According to data from the Cabinet Office, the distance that a driver can see a pedestrian with the headlight of the car facing down at night is about 38-50m for bright clothes such as white and yellow with reflective fabric. Black clothes such as black will be shortened to about 26-30m. Since the distance that a car with a speed of 60 km / h travels in about 1 second is about 17 m, the driver will notice that the pedestrian is delayed by 1 second, which increases the risk that people in dark clothes will lead to an accident Thing.

Therefore, a powerful helper is a reflector that glows when the car’s light hits it. Wearing this, it is said that it will be visible enough even for people in dark clothes to be confirmed by drivers about 60 to 130 meters away. In addition to the accident prevention effect of such reflectors, the focus was on the psychology that the driver slowed down when looking at the uniform of the sun shining in the dark, with this time Honda wants to protect children from traffic accidents , “Mamote Tote” started free distribution in accordance with the autumn national traffic safety movement.

Thoughts on Honda’s safety

When I went to Sakai Nursery School, where I wanted to see the actual thing as soon as possible, 20 children aged 4 to 6 gathered and the traffic safety class “Ayatorii Hiyoko” was held. From the various sounds lurking in the city, the children were overwhelmed by the quiz of identifying and applying “dangerous sounds”. We listened in a friendly atmosphere, such as how to see traffic lights and how to cross pedestrian crossings.

This “Ayatorii” started in 1995. Instructors from each region trained by Honda are held approximately 4,000 times a year for nurseries and kindergartens throughout the country, and approximately 273,000 children (2018) are taking this course. A news gathering was held at the nursery school. Every child looks fun. Finally, the children were delighted when everyone received a “Tote”. You can hear the voice of “Oma-san!”

According to the catchphrase of “Omari-san on the shoulder”, reflecting material is applied in the same design as the police officer’s uniform based on dark blue fabric, and there is a part that shines red like a stick, so it is quite realistic when seen in the dark. If I saw this while driving, I realized that it would slow down first. When I talk to a five-year-old girl, my mother is picking up at 18:30, and by that time it will be already dark. What do you put in this “Tote”? He answered cheerfully, “Change of clothes!”

With the slogan “Safety for Everyone”, Honda aims to create a society where all people who use the road can live with peace of mind. He said that he made a “tote” on his shoulders in the hope that it would help. In addition to accepting free distribution at Honda Welcome Plaza Aoyama and distribution on special websites, donations will be made to some nurseries in Minato City.

As a mother of one child, this activity brings together the strong feeling of “I want to protect the lives of children” and at the same time, as a driver, “I do not want to be a perpetrator who takes the lives of future children” I feel that this is a meaningful activity to reach out. Honda also seems to have a little humor in that each child has a “My Oma-san”. Until now, my daughter had been holding bags and hats with keyring reflectors, but from now on, I would like to use “Mamote Tote” as a lesson from the evening and keep it firmly protected.

Use reflex, it’s a cheap life insurance

Autumnal dark and rainy roads characterize many an early morning in Norwegian cities.

The Norwegian Automobile Association (NAF) warns pedestrians who leave their homes without reflection, partly because the vision of many drivers is impaired with age.

As a 60-year-old, you have lost more than half of the night vision you had as a 20-year-old.

“Impaired vision in combination with autumn darkness can create dangerous traffic situations. The soft road users, pedestrians and cyclists, are particularly vulnerable. If you use reflex, the risk of being hit by 85 percent is reduced,” says NAF communications manager Camilla System.

Will make reflex natural

The basic rule in section three of the Road Traffic Act emphasizes that everyone “must be considerate and be cautious and cautious so that no danger or injury can be caused and so that other traffic is not unnecessarily hindered or disturbed”.

This provision applies to motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and others traveling in traffic. For the soft road users, it is important to make themselves visible by using reflex and light.

But according to Ryste in NAF, it is not natural for everyone to put on the reflex before going out in the dark.

“Over 90 percent use seat belts and the goal must be that just as many use reflexes. It’s important to bring this in as a natural part of going out in the dark,” says System.

Street lights provide false security

Figures from Trygg Trafikk show that four out of ten Norwegians use reflective material, and this means they are too few.

“We are better at using reflexes on country roads than in the cities, but the street lighting provides false security. There are more pedestrian accidents in the cities than on the road,” says communications adviser Christoffer Soland Steen to Dinside.

The gender differences in reflex use are minimal: 51 percent women and 49 percent men, Trygg Trafikks reports from last year. The most common reason for not using reflex is simply oblivion.

“We are much better at making sure our children use reflexes than we are using reflexes themselves. Also, reflexes are often fitted in children’s outerwear, which also helps the children use more reflexes than us adults,” Steen adds.

Steer clear of reflective spray

You get the best visibility by using a reflective vest with reflective fabric, according to NAF. If you use other types of reflectors, it should hang at knee height to capture as much light as possible from the headlights when you are out and about, and if you have reflections on both sides you will also be more visible.

That reflective vest is the best was also shown in the reflection test Dinside wrote about last year. Also, the reflex trading net and reflex umbrella came out well.

Police actions to prevent accidents involving pedestrians

Over the coming week, road policemen across the country will step up their actions to prevent road accidents involving pedestrians!


The traffic police will act on a national level between 6 and 12 November, under the coordination of the Romanian Police Road Directorate, to save lives and to prevent road events involving pedestrians.


Activities are aimed primarily at combating pedestrian traffic violations.


Particular attention will be paid to areas with road potential risk as well as to those where road events occurred due to these deviations.


Romanian police recommend pedestrians:

To engage in crossing the public road only through the specially arranged places (on the pedestrian crossing) and in the green color of the electric traffic light, where there are.


To ensure that, even when crossing the pedestrian crossing, it can safely be crossed (the vehicles are stopped before the pedestrian marker, especially when the road has several lanes on the way).


Never cross the pedestrian marker, regardless of the emergency at any given time.


Not to move on the roadside, and where there is no pavement or paved road (predominantly in the countryside), move on the left side of the road as close as possible to the edge of the road.


In bad weather or dark, wear open-color reflective clothing and/or reflective materials and reflective fabrics to be visible.


Not to cross the front or back of public transport when they are stopped at the station.


Children should not be allowed to cross themselves – they are unpredictable and can not appreciate distances and speeds correctly. Do not forget! – children imitate the road behavior of adults.


Vehicle drivers must reduce travel speed and travel with great care.