A quick reminder about traffic

I just have to say this.

When you’re running, if there is no sidewalk, and you must run in the road, you’re supposed to be facing traffic.  That is, running into traffic, running toward the cars that are coming toward you.  Cars are not supposed to come up behind you in the same lane and pass by your left shoulder.  This applies to all pedestrians, runners and walkers alike.

Normally, when runners explain this, they say, “Well, it’s so that you can see the cars nearest you, and they can see you.”  Very well.  But that is not sufficient.  That’s not the whole reason, and it’s not the only thing that matters.  The driver must see you, and you must see him, but the driver must also know that you see him.  If he comes up behind you, he cannot be sure that you see him.