Walking on busy streets, crossing major roads and navigating cities leaves pedestrians vulnerable to traffic accidents on public roads. As a pedestrian, it is important that you are aware of your surroundings during your walk. Attentiveness can help you react quickly to danger.
To prevent serious injuries when walking, review the following tips for pedestrian safety.
1. Keep your head up.
You need to stay alert while walking. Distracted pedestrians are less likely to avoid hazards on their walks. Look ahead as you stroll and not down at the ground or at your phone. As you walk, watch out for cars backing out of driveways or pulling into parking spaces.
2. Cross streets with caution.
Use crosswalks and sidewalks when available and always obey all traffic signals and signs. If you are unable to walk on a sidewalk, walk facing traffic. Look both ways (left, right and left again) before attempting to cross the street.
If you are unable to fully see the road, make sure to move so you can see the oncoming traffic before walking across the road. Make eye contact with the driver of the car you wish to pass.
3. Listen to your surroundings.
Avoid wearing headphones and using your cell phone while you are out walking. Electronic devices and music add a layer of distraction to your walk. Hearing motorists or bicyclists near you can help your reaction time to avoid traffic.
Incorporating these simple tips into your walking routine can help you form safe habits and prevent serious accidents.