A 30-year-old man died in Lincoln this weekend after he was struck by a car while jogging Thursday night.
The accident is a tragic reminder that though runners cannot control everything, it's important to take certain precautions to avoid potentially dangerous situations.
Here are six safety tips to consider when you're exercising outside.
1. Wear reflective clothing and lights at night.
Bright, neon colors help you stand out, and small lights you can clip onto your gear do an even better job. (They're available at sporting goods stores.) The more visible you are, the safer you are.
2. Don't wear headphones.
Listening to music might motivate you to work harder, but it also drowns out other noises that might warn you of an approaching car, cyclist, animal or other person.
3. Stick to sidewalks and trails to avoid traffic.
4. If you have to run in the street at any time during your run, go against traffic.
Cars might not see you coming, but you will be able see them and leap out of the way if necessary.
5. If you need to cross the street, stop and look for cars.
It might interrupt your pace, but it will keep you safe.
6. Carry a form of ID.
In case you run into trouble and cannot tell responders your name, it's important that they can identify you.
Ande Jorgenson, managing owner of Red Dirt Running Company in Omaha, contributed to this report.
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