Now that the warm nights are upon us, folks are looking
forward to - Getting Out There and Walking - Getting Back into Shape. But be
careful! There are protective measures that need to addressed, like proper
nighttime clothing, appropriate reflective gear, and heeding road safety
Nighttime walking requires extra protective measures that
some pedestrians don’t realize. For example, when crossing the street at night,
don’t assume that you can be seen by oncoming motorists. The fact is, that
sometimes they are unable see you. Why? Because motorists coming your way may
be distracted, thus preventing them from being able to see you.
Due to the overwhelming amount of accidents caused by
distracted driving, The National Safety Council is promoting April as
Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
They estimate that 1.1 million accidents per year involve talking of the cell
phone, and 213,000 involve texting.
FACT! Drivers on cell phones are distracted, and sometimes
are not aware of pedestrians. Drivers looking in their rear view mirror might
not notice you. Drivers adjusting their GPS device may not be paying attention
to the road. And sometimes drivers are blinded by oncoming high beams, and this
will for sure hinder their ability to see you.
And furthermore, follow the rules of the road. Stay Alert to
motorists. Be aware of reckless drivers. If possible, make eye contact with
motorists before crossing the street, because they may be looking, But Not
Also, when crossing the street, watch out for potholes or
other hazards that may cause injury.
And Walkers: Know that Your Safety is not only the
responsibility of the motorists, but it’s Your Responsibility as well. So enjoy
your nighttime walks, good luck getting into shape, and be safe.