It is important for people to get out and exercise. It is also important for people to realize that when they jog listening to music, at the same time, they are robbing themselves of a vital sensory organ that might just save their lives.
Have you ever been in a car and had the music up too loud? If this has ever happened to you, then you will understand what I am about to say next. If you have ridden in a car, and had the music too loud to hear what was going outside of the vehicle, you were actually possibly driving impaired. There could have been a siren coming up through traffic behind you. With loud music, it would have been impossible to hear it. Another scenario is that there could have been someone along the street yelling to you and pointing to your car, all in an effort to tell you that something dangerous was happening to you as you drive merrily along. This could have been the case if your rear bumper was falling off, or something in your vehicle had caught on fire.
Without being able to hear what is happening outside of your vehicle, you are not getting the full experience in driving. You are also not driving safe, because you do not hear any dangerous situations that may be occurring to you as you drive.
When you jog with earphones in your ear, you are in essence in the car with the music up too loud. Only it is worse, you are a pedestrian on the ground level, and you may be making yourself vulnerable to having an accident with a car – one that you should have heard coming, but didn’t because your favorite song was playing loudly in your ears.
Think about it this way. You wouldn’t jog blindfolded, and you wouldn’t want to jog if your ears were covered in duct tape. You would realize very quickly that you are unable to see or hear what is happening around you. By jogging with a head set on, you are robbing yourself of a very import sense – the sense of hearing! You cannot hear someone running up behind you, intent on grabbing you from behind and throwing you into an awaiting van to complete your abduction. You cannot hear someone screaming to you to look out, that there is a car that is careening off the street onto the curb, headed right for your direction. And you cannot hear the screeching of tires nearby, warning you that you should not be trying to cross the street at that exact moment, even though you have the right of way according to the stoplight.
Another reason not to use headsets while jogging is because technically, you can injure your ears by listening to the music louder than you would have if you were in a room with speakers. Think about it, your ears are a captive audience, and the music is not dispelled in the airwaves of the room. Instead they are forced to endure the loud volume you select for them. Quel dommage…
And why am I so passionate about this subject? Because I have just found out that a dear friend of mine, one who has been jogging for over two decades, has just been injured because he was hit by a car while jogging with a headset. Don’t let this preventable accident happen to you. If you have any questions about joggers being injured by automobiles, call the law office of Ledger & Associates at 1-800-300-0001 or email us at www.ledgerlaw.com. We will have the time to go over your situation and review the merits of your claims.