It’s the time of year when people in and around Chicago start getting outside to shake off the rust from the winter and get back into their fitness routines. If you will be walking, jogging or riding your bike on the roads, here are some tips for staying safe this spring.
Make Yourself Visible.
Walkers, runners and cyclists should wear high-visibility clothing when exercising on the roads. This is particularly important in the early morning and evening hours, but it applies during broad daylight as well. Dark and muted colors can easily blend in with your surroundings, making you less noticeable to drivers.
Follow the Rules of the Road.
Drivers are also more likely to see you if you are where you’re supposed to be. If you’re downtown, use the crosswalks instead of jaywalking. If you are outside of the city and there are no bike lanes or sidewalks, follow the basic rules: Bike on the right side of the road, but walk and run on the left. For bicycle riders, following the rules also means observing stop signs and traffic signals.
Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Street.
Always be on the lookout for oncoming vehicles. Never blindly enter a roadway without first checking for traffic from both directions. Look left, right, and left again. If there are no vehicles in sight, then it’s safe to cross.
Eat Right and Stay Hydrated.
Since you will be burning more energy, you will need to fuel your body accordingly. Lack of nutrition and dehydration can lead to lightheadedness, dizziness, and fatigue. These can each lead to dangerous situations when you are exercising on or near the road.
Pay Attention to Your Surroundings.
Just like distracted driving is dangerous, so is distracted exercising. When you are walking, it is easy to get engrossed in your texting conversations, emails, apps, and social media updates. If you are wearing headphones, you can feel disconnected from the world entirely. While this can help pass the time and make your exercise more enjoyable, it can also put you at greater risk for being involved in an accident. Whenever you are near passing motor vehicles, it is better to play it safe and remain attentive to what’s going on around you.
Watch out for Dangerous Conditions.
In addition to keeping an eye on traffic, also be on the lookout for hazards on the ground in front of you. Cracks in the pavement, slippery surfaces, and unstable stairs can all lead to harmful slip and fall accidents.
With these tips in mind, you can enjoy the beautiful Chicago springtime and work toward safely meeting your fitness goals.
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