Remembering to wear
reflective gear while running, walking, or bicycling at night is very important. How many times have you been driving
down a dark road and have to stop suddenly because you see something moving? Or how many times have you been exercising
and felt like you came close to getting hit by a car? In either of these cases, was reflective gear being worn? Probably
not. Reflective gear gives the runner a better sense of awareness, and it gives drivers a better view of him or her.
It is not enough to just wear bright clothing, reflective outerwear is designed to reflect to a driver's eye when approaching
you. On cold nights, don't make the mistake of wearing your reflective vest under your jacket or sweatshirt...really
defeats the purpose don't you think? If you can't afford to buy reflective clothing, try reflective tape or bands that
you can put on several parts of your body. The more body you cover, the better off you are.
When bicycling at night, make
sure you have working lights on both the front and back of your bike. On the front, it should be a solid light that
some states require to be visible for 300 feet away or more. On the back, it should be a blinking light below the back
of your seat allowing better visibility to cars and for recognition that you are a cyclist. Also, DON'T FORGET YOUR
HELMET! It is just as important to wear a helmet as it is to make sure you have reflective tape on your helmet while
night riding. Remember, covering your body with as much reflective gear as possible is the key!
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