Often we see campaigns surrounding the importance of avoiding distracted driving. However, it’s equally important for pedestrians to avoid distracted walking, that’s why we’ve shared insightful safety tips.
It’s crucial for pedestrians to remain alert while walking, even when the walk sign appears. The reason for this is because sadly there is no guarantee drivers are paying attention.
According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, 116 pedestrians were killed in 2020. We’ve shared information on how you as a pedestrian can avoid walking distracted.
Three Safety Tips for Pedestrians to Prevent Distracted Walking
Tip 1: Put Your Phone Down
If you’re walking and using your cell phone, it means you’re not alert and not fully paying attention to your surroundings. Keep your phone in a pocket or purse so you’re not tempted to use it. If you happen to get a text while you’re crossing the street, don’t check it until you’ve safely crossed to the other side.
Tip 2: Turn Your Notifications Off
Most of us have the bad habit of checking our cell phones as soon as we hear them bing or buzz. By turning off notifications, you’ll be less inclined to check your phone and you’ll pay more attention to everything around you. You’ll also be on alert and able to recognize distracted drivers.
Tip 3: No Headphones
Listening to music and walking go hand-in-hand for most people. But wearing headphones prevents you from hearing noises around you like those that are trying to alert you to danger. Save the music for the gym or when you’re at home, and try to enjoy your walk headphone-free.