Although roads should be shared between both cars and pedestrians, reckless driving can make roadways a dangerous place for walkers and joggers. Sadly, car - pedestrian accidents can cause devastating injuries to pedestrians.
Even if you are the most safety-conscious pedestrian, you cannot predict when an irresponsible driver will put your life in danger.
As a pedestrian, there are several things you should do to help protect yourself from unsafe driving.
Ways to Stay Safe
As a pedestrian, one of the most important things that you can do is make yourself as visible as possible. This includes wearing appropriate clothing as well as remaining in designated pedestrian areas. Follow these safety guidelines for pedestrians:
- Wearing white or bright clothing
- Using reflective gear or blinking light clips
- Staying on sidewalks
- Only crossing at spots with stop signs, traffic lights, and crosswalks
- Avoiding pedestrian activities at dusk or night
While it is important to always check around you for vehicles, you should listen for them as well. Although it is now popular to wear headphones and listen to music while walking and jogging, you may not be able to hear approaching vehicles. Turn the music down or avoid it altogether to help you stay more aware near roadways.