Pedestrian Safety Tips
No matter what age you are, it’s always important to be safe when walking near roads, especially heavily trafficked ones. Here are some tips to stay safe on the road.
- Avoid walking on streets. When possible, always walk on the sidewalk. If you have to walk on the street, walk facing the direction of traffic.
- Only cross at corners. Crossing in the middle of the street may save time but it is much more dangerous unless there’s a crosswalk.
- Pay attention to walk signals and the traffic lights. If the signals are about to change, it’s best to wait for the next cycle instead of rushing.
- When crossing where there aren’t signals, don’t assume a car will stop for you. Make sure the driver is aware of your presence. Hold up your hand and wave or make eye contact. When the driver acknowledges you and stops, then it’s safe to cross.
- Always stop at the curb before crossing. Even if the road appears empty, you never know when a car will speed out of nowhere.
- Look both ways multiple times when crossing. As you cross, keep scanning both sides of the road until you reach the other side.
- If you’re crossing behind a double-parked car, bus or some other large obstruction, don’t cross right away, as a passing car may not see you. Walk to the edge and look around, then cross when it’s safe.
- Keep your ears open. In some cases, you may be able to hear an approaching vehicle before you see it. Make sure that you can hear your surroundings when crossing.
- Treat a driveway the same way you would a road. You should always be safe wherever cars can travel.
No matter how safe you are, pedestrian accidents can happen, and it helps to seek assistance in dealing with the aftermath.