Pedestrian accidents represent a growing number of fatalities in the United States. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), pedestrian car accident deaths increased by 59 percent from 2009 to 2020. For parents, this is an alarming statistic.
The safety of your family is the priority of every parent. Safe walking practices are one way you can improve the well-being of your loved ones. Continue reading to learn about pedestrian safety tips for the whole family.
Most pedestrian accidents occur away from crosswalks and intersections. Drivers should always look for walkers, but unfortunately, they do not always pay away from designated pedestrian crossing areas. You have a much better chance of avoiding a pedestrian car accident if you use crosswalks as much as possible.
Walk on the left side of the road
Sidewalks and paths are the safest way for pedestrians to share the road with motorists. However, not every street has a sidewalk. If you must walk on the side of the road, walk facing traffic. This might seem counterintuitive, but it gives you a much better view of oncoming vehicles, so you have a chance to move if you notice a car is not paying attention.
Wear bright, reflective clothing
If your children walk at night, dress them in reflective clothing. Bright colors that show up in headlights are ok if you do not have reflective safety gear. Consider investing in reflective materials if your family consistently takes walks in the dark.
You cannot control motorists’ actions, but you have control over the situations you put your family in. Avoid dangerous scenarios and educate your children on pedestrian safety to improve the security of your family.