Staying Safe as a Pedestrian

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Whether we are walking the dog, trekking to school or work, or walking through the parking lot, we are all pedestrians. We often do not have the luxury of walking where there are no cars. It is important to show and teach our children important ways to be safe as a pedestrian. It is critical to apply safety tips when out and about on foot. Check out our safety tips to stay safe while walking:

Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.

Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.

Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.

Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.

If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.

Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.

Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.

Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.

Be sure to supervise children when crossing the streets. Smaller children may be difficult for drivers to see and young children may not be able to judge whether it is safe to cross a street. Adults can be a good example to children and teach them all these habits for being a safe pedestrian.  Watch this video with your children to learn more about pedestrian safety education.

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