Safety tips for running outside

As a Greater Baltimore Medical Center doctor recovers from injuries suffered after being hit by a car while out for a run, it is a good time to remind all runners about safety precautions they should take.

Police said Dr. Theodore Houk of Lutherville was jogging to work on March 28 when he drifted into the road and was hit by a vehicle at the corner of North Charles Street and Chestnut Avenue. offers several tips that include:

Limit your distractions. I know it's tough -- maybe impossible -- for some of you to run without music, but you really shouldn't use your iPod or MP3 player for outdoor runs. Cutting off your sense of hearing means you can't hear oncoming cars, cyclists yelling to move, unleashed dogs, or any other potential threat. Save your iPod for your treadmill runs. And make sure you pay attention to your surroundings. If you let your mind wander too much, you may find yourself wandering into an unsafe area.

Don't make assumptions about drivers. Remember that many drivers aren't paying attention because they're listening to the radio, talking on their cell phone, or reading a map. Don't assume that drivers can see you or that they'll let you go because you have the right of way. Be sure you make eye contact with drivers at street crossings before you cross. And, better yet, try to stay off the roads as much as possible and stick to running in parks or on paths and sidewalks.

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