Walk Safely: 7 Essential Tips To Keep You Safe While Walking

Walk Safely: 7 Essential Tips To Keep You Safe While Walking

Hey there, fellow Jetti walkers! Whether you're strolling through the park, power-walking to get those miles in, or just taking a leisurely after-dinner walk, all walking is good walking. But, as with any activity, it's important to keep safety in mind. Here are some simple but essential tips to help keep you safe.

  1. Be Visible

One of the most important things you can do is ensure drivers can see you. Wear bright, reflective clothing, especially if you're walking early in the morning or late at night. Reflective gear or accessories can make a huge difference in low-light conditions. Better yet, add a pair of Jetti Lights to your Jetti Poles, especially during low-light times.

  1. Follow the Rules of the Road

Pedestrian rules exist for a reason. Always use crosswalks and pedestrian signals when crossing the street. Don’t jaywalk or cross between parked cars – it’s tempting to save a few seconds, but it’s not worth the risk. Remember, walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. No sidewalk? Always, always, always walk facing traffic so you can see oncoming vehicles.

  1. Stay Alert

Put your phone down and keep your headphone volume on low. Staying alert means being aware of your surroundings, including traffic, cyclists, and other pedestrians. Distracted walking can be just as dangerous as distracted driving.

  1. Make Eye Contact

When crossing streets, make eye contact with drivers. This simple act ensures that both you and the driver acknowledge each other’s presence. Never assume a driver sees you.

  1. Walk with a Buddy

Walking with a friend is not only more fun, but it’s also safer. There’s safety in numbers, and having someone with you can deter potential hazards. Plus, as we know, walking together is a great way to catch up and enjoy some social time.

  1. Use Crosswalks Wisely

Even when using a crosswalk, remain cautious. Look both ways before stepping onto the road and continue to check for cars as you cross. Don’t assume that drivers will stop – be proactive about your safety.

  1. Be Aware of Silent Vehicles

With the rise of electric and hybrid vehicles, it’s important to remember that not all cars make noise. Be especially vigilant in parking lots and driveways where these quiet vehicles might be moving. Your ears won’t always warn you of approaching danger.

Walking is fantastic for your mind, mood, and body. Keeping these tips in mind can help make those walks safe and fun.

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