If you are trying to get more exercise into your routine, walking is a great choice. Not only can you improve your fitness level, but you can enjoy the great outdoors at the same time. Unfortunately, many drivers do not always pay attention to pedestrians on the road, especially as dusk falls. Around 5,000 pedestrians are killed each year by motor vehicles.
What can you do to reduce your risk of injury or death from a car when walking? One of the best things you can do is wear a reflective vest or clothing. Be sure that the reflective area is large enough to be seen well and is exposed from every angle. Many brands of walking shoes have reflective material on the heels. Also dress in light colored clothing to maximize your exposure.
You should walk facing oncoming traffic. Walk defensively. Although pedestrians have the right of way, this doesn’t mean a driver will always yield. Be aware of the traffic around you. If you are walking on a pedestrian path, always walk on the right-hand side so that faster walkers, runners, and cyclists can easily pass.
Never walk alone. If you have no one to walk with, be sure to tell someone the route you will be on and when you expect to return. Also, leave the headphones at home for maximum safety. You are not able to hear potential dangers if you are listening to music.