Today I want to talk about something that happened to me on a recent run.
I nearly got hit by a car. It was one very near miss.
I live in a small country town but that doesn’t mean I’m not safe from idiots.
I take precautions when I run. Like the following:
- Wear high-visibility clothing on early morning or evening runs.
- Run against traffic (when I have to run on the road)
- I tell someone where I’m going and how long I will be.
- On trail runs, I carry my phone with me.
It wasn’t an unusual day weather-wise. It was a cold Autumn morning. I ran at 9 am, it was sunny. I ran on the footpath. I was wearing headphones.
Now I know some people would say if you weren’t wearing the headphones this wouldn’t have happened. The thing is, you need to take in other factors.
This is the footpath I was on, and the arrow tells you the dirction I was going.
Due to a high fence, the person reversing out of their driveway didn’t see me. I was in their blind spot. I didn’t see or hear them until they were right in front of me. They also were reversing too fast. They missed me by millimetres. Quick reflexes saved me, but I most likely gave them the shock of their life.
So the lesson reverses slowly out of your driveway, because what if I were a kid? They would have never forgiven themselves.
Be vigilant whether you are a runner or a driver.
Have you ever had a near miss while out running?
Have you ever been hit by a car?