As a pedestrian, it is important to be vigilant and practice safety measures to avoid getting into an accident. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Use Designated Crosswalks
If a crosswalk is present, use the crosswalk to safely cross the road. Pedestrians must follow crosswalk signals before crossing.
- If the signal says “WALK” or shows a person walking, a pedestrian may cross the road.
- If the signal shows a blinking upraised hand, “WAIT” or “DON’T WALK” with a countdown, the pedestrian must finish crossing the street before the countdown ends.
- If the signal shows a solid upraised hand, “WAIT” or “DON’T WALK” with no countdown present, the pedestrian cannot walk and must wait for the signal to change to cross the road.
Pedestrians should always cross the road at designated crosswalks or intersections. It is extremely dangerous to jaywalk and can increase the chance of an accident occurring.
Look Both Ways Before Crossing
Before crossing the street, look left, then right, then left again to make sure there are no oncoming vehicles. Even if the crosswalk signal indicates that it is safe to cross, be sure to double-check to make sure the road is clear.
Avoid distractions, such as texting or talking on the phone, listening to music, or daydreaming while walking. Distractions can cause you to be less aware of your surroundings and make it difficult to react to potential hazards, such as oncoming traffic, uneven pavement, or other obstacles. By eliminating distractions, you can focus on walking and be more alert.
Wear Visible Clothing
When walking, wear bright or reflective clothing, especially when walking at night or in low-light conditions. This makes it easier for drivers and other road users to see you.
Walk on Sidewalks if Possible
Walking on sidewalks, if possible, is important for several reasons.
- Sidewalks provide a safe and designated space for pedestrians to walk, separate from vehicle traffic. This reduces the risk of pedestrian accidents caused by interactions with vehicles, such as being hit by a car.
- Sidewalks are typically smoother and flatter than walking on the road and are often more comfortable and convenient than walking on the road.
- Walking on the sidewalk can help you to avoid hazards such as uneven pavement, potholes, or debris on the road.
- Walking on sidewalks helps to ensure that you’re not blocking traffic, which can lead to frustration and dangerous situations for both you and other road users.
Overall, whenever possible, it’s best to walk on sidewalks to ensure your safety and avoid potential hazards.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
When you’re aware of your surroundings, you can identify potential risks such as oncoming traffic, construction zones, or other pedestrians that may pose a danger to you. This allows you to take proactive measures to avoid these risks. Additionally, being aware of your surroundings can help you to stay on track and avoid getting lost or disoriented.