WalkSmartNC - Safety Tips

Ways to Stay Safe

When You're Walking or Running

When You're Walking or Running

  • Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
     
  • Walk or run on sidewalks whenever they are available.
     
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk or run facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
     
  • Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes and ears off the road.
     
  • Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
     
  • If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
     
  • Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
     
  • Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
     
  • Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
     
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking or running; they impair your abilities and your judgment.
When You're Driving

When You're Driving

  • Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Safety is a shared responsibility.
     
  • Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather.
     
  • Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
     
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the cross-walk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
     
  • Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see.
     
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
     
  • Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.
     
  • Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present.
     
  • Be extra cautious when backing up—pedestrians can move into your path.