Walking from place to place is a great way to get exercise and help the environment. It's an alternative to driving that has different benefits.
When walking it's important to be safe, especially when there are cars or other motor vehicles present. Taking extra caution as a pedestrian can help you avoid accidents and potential injuries.
Here are a few tips to help you stay safe when walking in Hawai'i.
Being aware of your surroundings can help you while walking. Look both ways before you cross the street and try to stay off your cell phone while walking around cars. Don't assume you know what the cars and other vehicles around you are going to do. You can't be sure if a car will see you and stop in time. Staying alert and aware of what's going on around you can help.
Wearing bright or reflective clothes can help drivers see you. If you are walking at night you should carry a flashlight or other source of light with you. Making sure you are visible to drivers is another important way you can keep yourself safe while walking.
Follow the rules
Obeying pedestrian rules is another important part of being safe. Rules for walking are in place for a reason and they can help you avoid accidents. Be sure to follow traffic signals and cross streets in marked crosswalks. Jaywalking is illegal in the state of Hawai'i and can be a significant cause of injury to pedestrians.
An average of 430 pedestrians are treated for traffic-related injuries per day. Keep yourself safe while walking by following these tips.