There is something about summer mornings in southwestern Ohio that is almost awe-inspiring. The cool morning air before the heat and humidity settles in invigorates your whole body as you watch the world wake up.
However, you also realize that the days will start getting shorter, and your morning walk could very well be starting while it’s still dark outside. Therefore, you will need to take extra precautions.
Tips for pedestrian safety
Approximately 7,000 pedestrians die yearly in traffic fatalities, with another 76,000 receiving injuries. By taking some simple precautions, you can ensure that your early morning walks are enjoyable and safe. Here are some tips:
- Walk in well-lit areas whenever possible. Walking where there are street lights will help you see potential hazards and make you more visible to cars and other pedestrians. If you live in a rural area, take a flashlight along.
- Stay on the sidewalks. If your area doesn’t have sidewalks, stick to roads with wide shoulders. This will give you plenty of space to walk without worrying about cars passing too close.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times. If you’re walking on a busy street, make sure to walk facing traffic to see oncoming cars. Watch out for potholes, cracks in the pavement, and other obstacles that could trip you up.
- Wear brightly colored clothing or reflective gear to make yourself more visible. This is especially important during the fall and winter months when the days are shorter, and there is less daylight.
While it is important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions while walking, remember that accidents can still happen. If a car hits you, it’s essential that you receive compensation for your injuries.