With more hours of darkness than daylight these days, here are a few tips to keep pedestrians and drivers safer this holiday season:
- Wear reflective, bright colors, and light-up clothing to make you more visible. This goes for pets too. Dark colors can be difficult to see in low light.
- Look both ways before you cross, even if you have the right of way. Make sure drivers see you before you step out into the street.
- Earbuds and headphones can hinder one of your major senses that helps alert you to nearby traffic. Keep your ears clear, especially in traffic areas.
- Stick to sidewalks when at all possible. Walking on the side of the road can be dangerous, especially on winding roads and when plow trucks are out clearing the roads.
- Give extra room and step clear out of the way until vehicles pass.
- Slow down when roads get slippery.
- Make sure you allow plenty of time to stop and keep tires in good shape. Give the driver in front of you extra room.
- Know where crossings are and keep an eye out for pedestrians, but also be mindful of those who cross outside of designated crosswalks.
- Stay off your phone. Do not text or talk on the phone so you can keep your focus on the road while driving.
- Bright lights like cellphone screens and interior vehicle lights can make it difficult to see.
- Windshield wipers should be in good shape and your deicer full.
- Don’t hit the road until your windshield and surrounding windows are clear.
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