There is much to be said for walking rather than driving or taking public transport. It’s free, good for your health, and, in some cases, can even be quicker than traveling by vehicle because you do not get stuck in traffic.
Yet many people shy away from doing it because they fear a car might injure them.
Most pedestrians reach their destinations safely, and there are a few things you can do to increase the chance that you do too:
Stay aware of your surroundings
You may want to use your walk time to catch a podcast, make a call, or check your emails. Yet you will be far safer if you keep your headphones out and focus on where you are going rather than your phone.
Think about your route
Some intersections are more problematic to cross than others. Some streets have better sidewalks than others. While the app on your phone might send you the quickest route, it does not mean it is the safest.
Cross at crossings
Look at the drivers that pass you. Many are not concentrating on the road. What do you think the chance of them seeing you in time is if you jump out in front of them?
If you cross at designated crossing points, drivers are more likely to expect you than if you cross out at a random point in the road.
Doing these things is basic self-preservation. Yet they won’t guarantee your safety. That depends on the drivers too. If a driver does not drive with due consideration and knocks you down, seek legal help to hold them accountable.