No one denies that walking represents one of the best ways you can keep fit. But it also puts you at risk when you walk along your neighborhood’s sidewalks or cross its streets. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cautions that in 2017 alone, 5,977 pedestrians died nationwide, amounting to one fatality every 88 minutes.
Walking safely takes thought and effort on your part. For instance, as tempting as it may be to talk or text on your cellphone while walking, this is dangerous because it takes your mind off the things that surround you. Even in a quiet neighborhood, a car can come out of nowhere and slam into you as you cross the street. Unfortunately, people also often back out of their driveways without really looking at what is behind them.
Safety tips for pedestrians
The NHSTA recommends that you do the following every time you walk:
Safety tips for drivers
The NHSTA makes the following recommendations whenever you drive:
Remember, regardless of whether or not you have the right-of-way, pedestrians always take precedence over drivers. After all, they face the most risk of injury or death if your vehicle strikes them.