— October is National Pedestrian Safety Month. Yield for pedestrians.
— Put the phone down and watch out for pedestrians. Sending or reading a short text takes your eyes off the road for almost five seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.
— RETHINK how you drive. Behind the wheel, are you: Alert and focused? Looking out for people walking? Obeying all posted signs and speed limits?
— Driving a few miles over the speed limit might not feel like a big deal, but in a collision with a pedestrian, it can be the difference between life and death.
— In 2021, pedestrians who died in single-vehicle crashes were most likely to be struck by the front of the vehicle.
— Do not block crosswalks when you stop at intersections.
— Take extra care while driving around schools, playgrounds and neighborhoods.
— Avoid alcohol and drugs when driving; they impair your abilities and your judgment.
— Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
— Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far to the side of the road as possible.
— Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right. If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
— Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways or backing up in parking lots.
— Remember: alcohol and drugs can impair your abilities and your judgment.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration