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Valuable Safety Tips to Prevent Pedestrians from Distracted Walking

Posted Aug 30th, 2021 in Auto Insurance, Did You Know?, General, In the News, Insurance Tips, Media

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.


Valuable Safety Tips to Prevent Pedestrians from Distracted Walking, Youngs Insurance, Ontario

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.

We hope you found these tips helpful. The next time you’re out for a walk, keep yourself safe by leaving your electronics at home so you’re not a distracted pedestrian.

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