As the school season starts, both road traffic and foot traffic increase. While drivers must keep their wits about them as they navigate the road, pedestrians also must keep on the alert and take precautions. Below are the top safety tips for pedestrians.
One of the best ways to make sure you are not accidentally hit by a car is to make yourself as visible as possible. Wear bright clothes that won’t blend in with background. Wear reflective clothing at night, or carry a flashlight. Make eye contact with drivers as needed to ensure that they see you before you cross. Also, keep out from behind hedges, road signs, mailboxes, and anything that can hide you from a driver’s view.
Where to Walk
It is best to walk on any paths designated for walking, like sidewalks and crosswalks. Avoid walking on the street if you can help it. If you do walk on the side of the road, walk against the traffic so that approaching drivers will be more visible to you.
Although it is highly important to be easily visible to those on the road, it is more important that you yourself are alert. You cannot let anyone watch out for your own safety but yourself. Look out for cars and other vehicles on the road. Especially for school children who walk to and from school each day, it is crucial that they know to keep on the sidewalk and look before crossing any streets. Also, though it may be obvious, never walk under the influence. Both walking and driving drunk puts you in harm’s way.
Pedestrians Don’t Always Have the Right of Way
You may have heard the saying, “Pedestrians always have the right of way.” However, this is simply not true. The rule may become confusing at times, like when you want to cross a neighborhood intersection and a car approaches, but there are no crosswalks. Who has the right of way? In this case, the car technically has the right of way. Another example in which cars have the right of way is an obvious one: crossing the highway. Clearly, pedestrians are not so welcome here. Where there are stop and yield signs and other such traffic signals, pedestrians should cross only when it’s their turn.
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