Pedestrians--Safety tips for adults
- Walk on the sidewalk
--Stay on the sidewalk and crosswalks.
--Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks.
--If you have to walk on a road that does not have sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
- Cross at Intersections
--Most people are hit by cars when they cross the road at places other than intersections.
- Look left, right, and left for traffic
--Stop at the curb and look left, right, and left again for traffic.
--Stopping at the curb signals drivers that you intend to cross.
- Cross in marked crosswalks and obey the signal.
- See and Be Seen
--Drivers need to see you to avoid you.
--Stay out of the driver's blind spot.
--Make eye contact with drivers when crossing busy streets.
--Wear bright colors or reflective clothing if you are walking near traffic at night. Carry a flashlight when walking in the dark.
- Watch your kids near traffic
--Do not let kids play near traffic or cross the street by themselves.
--Kids are small, and drivers may not see them if they run into the street.
--Children should not cross streets by themselves or be allowed to play or walk near traffic.
--Kids are small, unpredictable, and cannot judge vehicle distances and speeds.
When kids get older, teach them three things to do before they cross the street:
- Try to cross at a corner with a traffic light.
- Stop at the curb.
- Look left, right, and then left again to make sure no cars are coming.
(Source: U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)