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11 Walking Rules to Keep You Safe

January 18 2018
Walk on the Footpaths

How to ensure your safety when you are walking on the road

According to the police data, 42% were pedestrians who died on Delhi roads in 2016. As per the Road Accidents in India-2016, 10.5% road users killed in road accidents were pedestrians. Though the fault has been attributed to mainly drivers, we need to take onus of our safety while walking on the roads. Here are some walking safety rules to follow.

Walk on the Footpaths

Footpaths are meant for pedestrians - use them. You can use foot-over bridges or subways to avoid road congestion and fast moving traffic.

Walk Facing the Traffic

There could be places where footpaths are not available. When you walk on the side of the road, choose the side, so that you can face the traffic moving towards you. If there are two people who are walking past each other, the one facing the traffic should take the outer edge.

Cross at the Zebra When the Pedestrian Light is Green

Using a zebra crossing when the traffic light is green, keeps you safe. While crossing, look around and listen carefully to the traffic, so that you can rightly apprehend the moving vehicles.

Do Not Use Your Mobile When Walking on the Road

Using earphones, or mobiles, increases the incidences of road accidents, and the driver alone may not be responsible for it. While walking or crossing, keep the mobile phones at bay.

Be Visible At Night

You will notice white or yellow markers on roadways to aid visibility for drivers at night. Similarly while walking at night, wear clothes that can keep you visible.

Vehicle or You - Who Should Cross First

If you need to cross but there’s a vehicle approaching, make eye contact with the driver, and see if she/he is ready to wait. Cross first only when the driver gives some indication.

Stay Connected

When you are out, let friends and family know where you are going, and the route you are taking. This will help them to reach out to you when you need help.

Avoid Walking On the Road if Unwell

Avoid walking on the road if you are unwell, or if the weather is unfavourable, to reduce the risk of accidents.

Be Careful While Crossing the Vehicle from the Back

When crossing from behind a vehicle, make sure the vehicle is static and not reversing.

Beware Of Vehicles

It is our responsibility to stay aware of vehicles moving around us, to maximise safety.

Beware Of Strangers

While walking on the road, avoid lonely pathways and stay away from strangers to keep yourself safe.

Stay safe, and buy a personal accident insurance policy for extra protection arising from any mishap.

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