Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but there’s one that all road users share - everyone is a pedestrian. Unfortunately, pedestrians were one of the groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States in 2016, totaling 5,987 deaths.Learn More at www.nhtsa.gov
We’re all pedestrians; we walk to the mailbox, from the parking lot to the store, to school, to meet up with friends, to walk the dog.
During your teen years, you are likely to be walking independently and to be exposed to traffic. Walking around traffic requires the same critical thinking skills as riding your bike and driving a car! Apply the same walking skills you learned as a kid: stop-look left-right-left for traffic and be safe, be seen. Use these skills when you walk, and encourage others to do the same!
Be Prepared Before Walking. Be seen—wear clothes or materials to make you more visible to others:
As a pre-driver or new driver, you have an opportunity to learn by watching traffic and how each road user (cars, bicycles and pedestrians) relates to one another. Discuss with an adult what you see.
The above information is from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). The following document provides more information on pedestrian safety. Please click on it for the info-graphic.