Walking is a good form of exercise, and in some areas, the only place to walk is alongside a busy road. When a pedestrian gets hit by a car, they generally have the worse outcome due to the size and speed of the motor vehicle. Fortunately, there are some precautions that pedestrians can take to stay safe while walking along the street.
Here are three ways to stay safe as a pedestrian in Pennsylvania.
1. Wear bright clothing
When you wear bright colors such as yellow, orange and lime green, you help yourself stick out and be more noticeable to passing motorists. This is the reason why important road signs like stop signs come in bold colors that do not blend in with the road or its surroundings. Wear bright-colored clothing when you plan on walking in the vicinity of motor vehicles.
2. Remain alert
Remain alert at all times when walking in remote areas as well as busy areas since cars can come out of nowhere quickly. Be especially aware of what is going on when crossing the street or standing at an intersection. Refrain from wearing earbuds that can impede your ability to hear.
3. Avoid walking at night if you can
If possible, avoid walking at night when drivers’ have a reduced ability to see. If you must walk at night, carry a source of light and wear reflective clothing.
When you are alert and aware of what is going on around you, you can help yourself stay safe as a pedestrian.