Welcome to the first article in a new series I’m calling “Monday Minis”. Every Monday I’ll be presenting a topic in 200 words or fewer, a bite-sized way to get your running fix. Love it or hate it, be sure to leave me some feedback on this new format.
And now, on with the show.
Today’s Monday Mini topic: Right-of-Way.
It’s a topic we all know, but rarely think about. Today, I’d ask you to reexamine your relationship with this important aspect of running safety.
How many times have you been out on a run when you approach an T-intersection? You’re headed straight through.
“I’ve got the right of way”, you think.
Confident that drivers will respect that you head into the intersection when, Vrooom, you’re nearly clipped by some thoughtless driver taking the turn anyway.
Or maybe you’re in the intersection when someone decides to turn on red, or to run the light?
Believe me, we’ve all been there. It sucks. It’s dangerous. And it’s frustrating.
If it happens often enough, you start to ignore the rules of the road. Hey, if other people can ignore right-of-way, why not you, right? It’s that sort of thinking that leads to accidents and, as a runner, you will always lose.
As frustrating as it is to be the one always following the rules, breathe deep and remember that it’s better to be alive than right. For your safety, the cardinal rule of running near roads is that right-of-way is something you give, not something you take.
Tell me about your experience with right-of-way. Have you ever been injured because of a failure to yield? Nearly injured? Leave me a comment.