Pedestrian Safety Tips
Walking is great exercise but can also be dangerous. Did you know that a pedestrian is killed or injured every 7 minutes? How can you avoid getting into a crash?
- Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk and you have to walk near the road, always walk FACING traffic so you can see any car that might go out of control.
- Dress to be seen. Bright clothing makes it easier for drivers to see you during the daytime. At night wear reflective material on your shoes or jacket.
- Cross the street at corners or marked crosswalks.
- Stop at the curb or edge of the road.
- If a car is parked where you are crossing, make sure there is no driver in the car. Then go to the edge of the car to cross.
- Be careful cutting through parking lots ~ avoid it if possible.
- There is safety in numbers and it also makes walking more fun to have someone join you.
- For your safety as well as your enjoyment, vary your route and times. This will prevent anyone knowing the best time to approach you.
- Watch for bikers on the right side of the road when you are turning right.
- When you are stopped at an intersection, watch for bikers crossing in front of you.
- If you are parallel parked on the road ~ check your review mirror before opening the door ~ you could hit a biker.
- Bikers should ride with traffic ~ if they are going the opposite way, you may not see them if you pull out of a driveway ~ after all you're not expecting traffic coming the wrong way.
- Be cautious as dusk and dawn as many bicyclists do not have lights.
- Expect the unexpected.
For additional tips please contact Cinda Seamon, Fire & Life Safety Educator, Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue, 843-682-5141.
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