The weather outside has finally turned from frightful to delightful (if you like it hot!), and for millions of Americans that means it’s time to head outdoors for some fun in the sun. If you are hiking or biking on or near roads and sidewalks, keep these safety tips in mind.
- Always do so at marked crosswalks so cars are aware of your presence.
- Make sure drivers know you are about to cross by making eye contact with them.
- Don’t just look left and right—pay attention to cars that may be turning at intersections.
- If you’re walking at night, wear bright or reflective clothing.
When riding a bike:
- Always make sure you have enough room to avoid being sideswiped by nearby vehicles.
- Use hand signals when turning or stopping so that drivers know what you are about to do.
- Wear bright or reflective clothing so that you catch drivers’ attention and they know you are there.
- Be attentive and slow down slightly when nearing intersections.
And as usual, when doing any kind of physical activity out of doors – DRINK LOTS OF WATER!