If you’re out running, walking or cycling during the evenings then wear reflective clothing and choose a route that’s well lit. If it’s been raining be careful of wet leaves on the pavement as you may slip and injure yourself.
You can buy reflective strips, arm bands or flashing lights quite cheaply on the high street so make sure you’re well prepared before you head off out.
When out and about on night’s out, make sure you stay in a group and always have your mobile phone to hand. When you’ve had a few drinks it’s easy to get split up from your friends and wander around on your own looking lost and confused.
This will leave you really vulnerable so if you’re worried about being on your own, find the nearest licensed taxi and make your way back home. Again, only use licensed taxi firms even if an unlicensed driver is available and/or cheaper.
General safety tips for when you’re still out and about once the sun has set (which to be honest is around 4:30pm at the moment but will soon get earlier):
- Stick to well-lit paths and never take a short-cut in the dark
- Always cross the road at pedestrian crossings
- Never walk in-between parked cars
- Make sure someone knows where you are and what time you’re due at your destination
- Always go out in groups, try not to go out on your own
- Always carry your mobile on you so that you can call someone if you do end up in a predicament
The cold, dark nights and the TV schedule give us all a good reason to stay indoors and wrap up warm, but you’re students so you’ll want to make the most of your freedom!
Follow these rules and you’ll still enjoy your youth without putting yourself at risk. The alternative is to get a reputation for throwing awesome home parties!
If you want more information regarding your safety whilst away from home, then talk to one of our staff either at Head Office or at your accommodation.