Footwear – Wear closed toe, comfortable shoe that will not slip.
Clothing – Wear light or bright colors that drivers can see. Reflective materials and flashing lights are best.
Walking Route – Choose a well lite route with a sidewalk or a shoulder to give yourself space away from traffic. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
Be Prepared – Carry a driver’s license or ID and a cell phone. In winter, bundle up and dress in layers. In summer, remember to drink lots of water before your walk and bring a water bottle with you.
Crossing the Street – Always look for cars before crossing a street or stepping off a cub. Use crosswalks and follow traffic signals when crossing at street lights.
Be Predictable – Before stepping in front of a car make eye contact with the driver. Make sure they see you, plan on stopping and have time to stop. You might have the right-of-way, but walk like drivers do not know the rules.
Stay Alert – Distracted walking can be deadly. Unplug your headphones when crossing the street. Hang up your cell phone until you are out of the intersection and wait to text until you have a safe place to stop.
Walk Together – Younger children should always walk with an adult, and when old enough they should walk with a group of friends.
Be Seen – Wear light or bright colors that drivers can see. Carry a flashlight when it is dark or difficult to see.
Choose a Safe Route – Select a walking route with a sidewalk that is separated from traffic and there are fewer intersection and less traffic. When available, cross at a location with an adult school crossing guard.
Have a Back-up Plan – Have a ride lined up or prepare to take the bus on days with severe weather events.