My biggest safety tips for walking in the dark are be seen and be seen! If you wear black from head to toe and go out in the dark, you are asking for trouble. Vehicles need to see you, and you are responsible for grabbing the attention of drivers! Technically, drivers are responsible, but do you really want to trust someone else with your life?
Fall is the most dangerous time of year for pedestrians. Drivers are adjusting to driving in the dark in the mornings and evenings, there is no snow to brighten things up, and pedestrians forget how invisible they are. We dogs are stuck with our humans on walks and runs in the dark and also need to be seen. Aside from Mom wearing bright colors, we use lights.
A couple years ago we got one as a gift and loved it so much, we now have like eight of these clip on lights. They can be a solid light, or a strobe light. Most brands come in different colors too, but we have settled on the yellow/green ones.
Mom clips one or two to her shirt and/or belt, and we clip ours on our collar or harness. They are light as a feather, and the clip has ridges so they don’t slide off or around on the collar even when going running. The batteries last about 100 hours, and with some brands you can change the batteries too.
My sisters love to play in the yard at night, but it makes Mom nervous when she can’t see them. Now she straps a light on each of their collars and enjoys watching the green lights move about the yard in the darkness. The neighbors find it amusing too!
These little lights are bright put out a lot of light. In the darkness, the light coming from the collar is enough to help Mom make sure she gets all the poop pile picked up. From this photo in the dark, you can see the light and how bright it is.
This is the first kind we got as a gift and we still buy them. All the ones we have tried are weatherproof so we can have them out in the cold, rain, and snow without any issues.
Recently we ordered this kind as the batteries can be replaced and they have three modes. Both kinds work great and cost anywhere from $6 to $20. Vehicles can’t help but notice the lights dancing along on the sidewalk. We figure if we get hit, at least the driver can’t say they didn’t see us! Stay safe out there! Dress in bright, light colors and illuminate yourself and your dog!
My GBGV Life did not receive any compensation for this post. We purchased these lights on our own and are only posting about them to help our readers stay safe when out in the dark this fall and winter.
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