Walk Wisely

11 tips for staying safe while walking near traffic

  • Use sidewalks whenever available.
  • Obey traffic signals.
  • Cross streets at a corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks whenever possible. Most pedestrians are struck when crossing somewhere other than an intersection.
  • Always stop at the edge of a parked car, curb, or vehicle before walking out into traffic.
  • Look left-right-left before crossing a street and continue looking while crossing.
  • Make eye contact with drivers prior to crossing in front of them. Don’t assume that because you can see the driver, the driver can see you.
  • Never cross mid-block.
  • If you must walk along the roadway, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • If you must walk at night or in the early morning, wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight. Most pedestrian deaths occur between 6 p.m. and midnight.
  • Never allow children under 10 to cross streets alone. Young children do not have the skills to accurately judge traffic risks.
  • Older adults need to allow for enough time to safely cross the street.

When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, over 80 percent of the time the pedestrian is killed or seriously injured. By following these safety tips, you can help prevent serious injury or death.

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Paid for with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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