With summer now over and fall soon coming to an end, it can be easy to forget that walking at night can be more of a concern. Nights this time of year tend to be darker and the days shorter, so extra care is required of the public when walking or jogging near roads.
It is important to make sure that oncoming traffic can clearly see you well in advance and adjust their position on the road accordingly. This danger made headlines recently in Hamilton, when a group of people walking along a road at night were almost hit by a car that swerved out of the way at the last second.
Cyclists often have reflectors or flashing lights attached to their helmets as a way of making their presence known to cars. Pedestrians and joggers can adopt such safety measures, too, by putting these attention getting embellishments on their jackets or shoes.
However, you can also start by taking some more basic precautions. If you plan on walking during low-light periods, be sure to wear light colored clothing. When visibility is low and a person is clad in darker shades, a driver may not notice them until it is too late to get out of the way.
Also, if you plan on walking or running, be aware of the hours when the sun is out. Days are shorter, and so is daylight, so think about how long your walk will take and when you should start in order to ensure you are done and home safe before dark. Parents need to impress the importance of this upon their children, and double check that they are complying.
Drivers also need to do their part by making sure to have their headlights on well before the sun has set. Be seen and avoid an unfortunate tragedy.