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3 Quick tips for being a wise walker

No matter where you’re going, it’s always a good idea to be a wise walker.

Over 25 percent of Americans have been in a distracted walking incident, but many still don’t realize the part they have to play. 74 percent see “others” as distracted while only 29 percent claim to be distracted themselves.

By following a few safety tips, you can avoid a distracted walking accident.

Visibility is key.

It’s not always possible to wear bright or reflective clothing. Especially if you’re out for more than a casual stroll. Remember that cars have blind spots and do your best to stay out of them. If you’re having a hard time seeing the driver, there’s a good chance the driver isn’t able to see you either.

Make eye contact with drivers.

You can’t always count on drivers to see you and respond accordingly. Making eye contact with a driver is one way to make sure you are both communicating about whose turn it is in the intersection. If you’re unsure if a driver sees you, don’t risk it!

Driving isn’t the only time you should put your phone down.

So much of our information is on our phones. It’s where we get our email. It’s how we communicate with family and friends. It even helps us get where we’re going. But driving isn’t the only time your phone can be a distraction. Walking with your eyes focused on your phone can distract you from traffic and other things going on around you.

There can be a lot going on when walking outside, so focusing on what is going on around you is critical. By staying visible and focused, you can decrease the chances that you will be in an accident.

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