In 2018, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that there were 6,283 pedestrians killed in traffic collisions. Many communities are not as safe or walkable as they should be. As people start to be outside more often in warmer weather, it’s time to talk about what you can do to avoid an injury as a result of a pedestrian crash.
Walking safety is possible with just a few tips. Here are five that you and your family can go over, so that you’re safer together.
- Always be predictable
Drivers can’t be mind-readers. If you are around the roads, you should walk in a predictable path toward the flow of traffic. Don’t jump out into the road, and always obey traffic signals.
- Use a crosswalk or intersection to cross
If there is a crosswalk, you should always use it. If not, cross at intersections because that’s where drivers expect to see pedestrians.
- Stay visible
Don’t assume that a driver can see you. Wave, make eye contact and wear clothing that will help you stand out.
- Stay alert
Don’t use electronics that take your mind off what you’re doing. Distracted walking can be just as dangerous as distracted driving.
- Use sidewalks when you can
Finally, use sidewalks when they’re available. If they aren’t available, walk as far away from traffic as you ca,n and make sure you’re facing the flow of traffic to catch the drivers’ attention.
These are five tips for staying safer as a pedestrian. With these safety precautions, you may be able to keep yourself out of harm’s way and prevent serious collisions.