Headed out for some exercise, or even a leisurely drive? We share our roads with many types of motorists and pedestrians, but the one thing that everyone on the road should be thinking about is safety. Here’s some essential safety gear you should consider taking with you on your next trip.
No matter where you’re headed, it’s important to bring an emergency kit with you. You never know when you could end up in a sticky situation. This jam-packed 76-piece kit includes an air compressor, a first aid kit, jumper cables, a flashlight, protective gloves, a rain poncho, pliers, screwdrivers, duct tape and more. Buy it here.
HOKENA LED Road Flares are battery-powered LED lights that can help your car be seen in the dark. Easier to use than traditional flares, these beacons can be magnetically attached to your car or placed around it on the ground. These flares can be seen by cars that are up to a mile away. Buy them here.
If you get in an accident, it might be difficult to exit your vehicle. Originally invented for first responders, RESQME is a small keychain that can help you cut jammed seatbelts and break stuck windows. Since it’s a keychain, you’re guaranteed to have it on you just when you need it most. Buy it here.
Do you live in an area with a lot of deer roaming around? The presence of deer on the road can be hazardous to drivers and deer alike. You can protect your car and your local wildlife with the Save-A-Deer Whistle, a tiny, air-powered whistle that attaches to the front of your car. The whistle alerts local deer, elk, moose and other wildlife to your presence and warns them away from your car. Buy it here.
One of the most important things a cyclist can be is visible. The Ascher USB Rechargeable Bike Light Set comes with two lights: a white light for the front of your bike and a red light for the back. With four different light modes, easy installation and a rechargeable battery, these lights will ensure that you and your bike stay visible. Buy them here.
You should always be prepared for a crash or fall. This tiny First Aid Kit for Cyclists packs everything you need to treat road rash, scrapes, cuts, burns, bruises, stings and more. At only 3.3 ounces and less than an inch thick, you’ll be able to bring it wherever you go. Buy it here.
A key piece of bike safety gear is a good helmet. This Schwinn Thrasher Bike Helmet is a basic, lightweight helmet that offers everything most cyclists need. The helmet offers full-coverage interior padding, a removable visor, a durable outer shell and an adjustable fit. The many air vents provide cool relief on hot days, and there are several colors and styles to choose from. Plus, the helmet is also available in youth and child sizes. Buy it here.
If you cringe at the thought of wearing a clunky, unfashionable bike helmet while you’re on the road, check out the Thousand Adult Bike Helmet instead. This helmet is safe and stylish, with a matte rubberized finish, seven cooling vents, a low profile visor and a vintage look. Buy it here.
Running or Walking
Whether you’re hitting the road at night or in the bright light of day, take a cue from the AAA school safety patrollers and make sure you’re visible. This Tuvizo Reflective Vest will ensure that you’re visible while walking, running or biking. Buy it here.
If you’re a runner, you might not always be in a place where you have cell service. The SABRE 130dB Personal Alarm for Runners is a wrist strap with an alarm that, when activated, can be heard from up to 1,000 feet away. It’s great for attracting attention in situations when you don’t feel safe. Buy it here.
Don’t have pockets in your running outfits? You might think you don’t need to bring anything with you, but having your phone, keys and other essentials on you can keep you safe on your run. The FlipBelt is a sleek pocket belt that can help you carry everything you need on the road. This particular FlipBelt is also reflective, which will help with safety by increasing your visibility. Buy it here.
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What safety gear do you bring with you when you hit the road? Let us know in the comments below!