Having to find out how to walk safely as a pedestrian on the sidewalks and roads is not something you’d think you’d ever have to do. Unfortunately, for so many pedestrians, this is not the case. Sadly, so many pedestrians end up seriously injured or even dead.
According to statistics, the rate of pedestrian deaths and injuries is at the highest it has ever been since 1990. In 2018, a pedestrian died every 84 minutes on average. This is a whopping 17% of all traffic fatalities that happened for that year!
No matter who you are, where you live, or how you get places; there is always a point in time where you are a pedestrian. It is important to keep these statistics and tips in mind.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians
- Walk as far away from cars as possible on a sidewalk.
- Walk facing traffic, not away from it.
- Cross in a well-lit area if it is dark out.
- Choose to use crosswalks as often as possible, this is where pedestrians are known to be.
- Be more alert! Don’t use headphones or be on a phone while crossing.
- If you are drunk, do not walk home alone.
- Don’t assume that drivers can see you walking. Make sure to wear bright clothing.
Safety Tips for Drivers on the Road
- Always look for pedestrians while driving, even in places where they may not be.
- Always slow down and look twice or three times before driving over a crosswalk.
- Always stop and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and make sure to adhere to the local traffic laws and regulations.
- Never pass another vehicle stopped at a crosswalk.
- Be more alert in school zones and neighborhoods where kids might be.
- Lower your speed and adhere to the speed limits posted in each area. High speeds are a contributing factor to pedestrian deaths and injuries.
- Do not drink and drive or drive under the influence of drugs.
Just because you are not the pedestrian while driving doesn’t mean that you won’t ever be. It is important that you stay alert and always drive cautiously, especially around popular pedestrian areas. This may save some lives, and it can cause a lot less heartache.
Be safe both inside and outside of a vehicle with these tips. We work to promote safe conditions for those who are inside vehicles, as well as those outside of them. Make sure you’re safe as a pedestrian or anyone else on the roadways.