This is something which comes up for me on nearly every run, so I am going to have a bit of a Meldrew-style grumble. I often end up doing a good part of my runs on country roads without pavements, and road safety is a real issue.
I find some drivers are brilliant, and very considerate to runners on the road. These are the ones who give you a wide berth, the ones who even slow down and wave you on to let you get across a road safely and quickly. Once a driver even stopped to check I was ok when I stopped at the roadside with an injury.
Then there are The Others. These are the ones who speed around country bends with no knowledge of what is around the next corner. They then often have the audacity to then beep their horns at the runner they have almost mowed down, as if it is somehow their fault. These are the same drivers who fail to stop at zebra crossings and don’t bother to indicate when they come off roundabouts.
These drivers I am sure are the reason why the Highway Code tells pedestrians (and therefore runners) to walk or run in the direction of oncoming traffic where there are no pavements. This means that I am often able to jump onto the verge out of the way of people speeding and mitigate probable death. It really isn’t an ideal situation though, and I often wonder about cyclists who might not be able to get out of the way so quickly.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much to be done about these drivers. For the moment it seems it’s up to runners to be extra vigilant, wear hi viz clothing and run in well lit areas wherever possible, and to be cautious and careful at all times. It’s probably also worth losing the headphones where blind bends and lots of road crossings are involved too. Hopefully this will help avoid any nasty accidents –grumble over!