Walking at NightWalking at Night

Walking by moonlight sounds romantic, but visibility and personal safety should be at the forefront of your mind as you walk out the door.

Reflective Clothing

Wear light-colored clothing and/or reflective clothing when walking at night. The more reflectivity, the better: dark clothing is invisible to drivers at night, even when they're close to you. Shoes with reflective straps or flashing lights are helpful, as are reflective ankle straps and arm bands.You can also purchase reflective tape for your clothing.


Lights or strobes are especially important while walking on dark side streets. Carry a flashlight, or better yet, wear a headlamp. Small flashing lights that clip on a belt provide lightweight visibility. Glowsticks are also great for visibility; there's a reason kids carry them on Halloween! If you're walking your dog, you can also purchase a flashing collar.

Defensive Walking

Walk in well-lit, active locations. Use sidewalks whenever possible, and realize that cars can't always see you. If no sidewalk is available, walk on the left side of the road so you can see oncoming traffic. When walking through a crosswalk (or near a driveway), make eye contact with the driver to ensure s/he sees you.

Whenever possible, avoid walking alone at night. If you plan to take a long walk at night, let someone know where you're going and when you plan to return. Better yet, take that person along with you!