Tips to keep pedestrians safe on dark winter days

Sunset comes around 4 p.m. as winter approaches. (Nov. 25, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
Sunset comes around 4 p.m. as winter approaches. (Nov. 25, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

With more hours of darkness than daylight these days, here are a few tips to keep pedestrians and drivers safer this holiday season:

Pedestrians:

  • 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.

Drivers:

  • 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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