We’ve previously discussed the fact that everybody is a pedestrian at some point, almost every day of their life. Whether you’re just walking across a parking lot to the grocery store or walking around the neighborhood with your dog, you’re still exposed to the some danger — even if you don’t feel like it.
Now that the seasons are changing again and the days are getting shorter, that means there’s a good chance you’ll soon be walking in the dark. It’s a good time to brush up on the safety steps every pedestrian should be taking when they’re walking somewhere at night:
- Stick to well-lit, well-traveled areas. There’s definitely safety in numbers. Walking where the lighting is good helps you stay visible to drivers, but sticking to a well-traveled area is also smart. Drivers are less likely to speed or let their attention wander when they know they’re in an area that has a lot of foot traffic.
- Increase your visibility. At least one study indicates that pedestrians constantly overestimate how visible they are to drivers. That’s largely because a pedestrian’s eyes will typically adjust to the darkness around them better than a driver’s will. Put on that reflective clothing if you’re walking in the dark and take a flashlight with you for unlit areas.
- Stay focused on your surroundings. You can’t do anything about distracted drivers, but you can avoid being distracted yourself. Put your phone in your pocket and stay alert when you’re out walking. If you wear headphones or earbuds while you walk, keep one ear free to listen for traffic.
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