This year between 20th – 24th May 2019 the UK charity, Living Streets, are holding a challenge that encourages children to take part in some exercise by walking to school every day during the course of the five day period.
Walk to School Week is aimed at getting to the heart of walking and how it can not only improve individual well-being, but also how it can benefit the community. There’s no denying that the roads can become congested in the morning when doing the school run and whilst it is hoped that people will opt-in to this challenge, it is essential that we take extra care when on the streets in order to prevent injures.
Here are some useful tips on how to stay safe on the road:
1. Cross safely
You should always look both ways when crossing the road. Always use pedestrian crossings when they are available and only cross when the green man shows at any controlled intersections. If there is any oncoming traffic then let it pass before crossing. Don’t chance it.
2. Be aware of runners and bikers
Make sure you listen out for any bike bells or runners that may be approaching, and move to single file so that they can pass safely.
3. Be visible
Wear bright clothes to ensure that both drivers and pedestrians can see you clearly, and from a distance.
4. Control the volume
Make sure that if you are listening to music then it is at a reasonable level to ensure that you are able to hear clearly for vehicles, bike bells and warnings from other road users.
5. Keep your eyes up
Don’t be distracted by your mobile phone and keep an eye out for any potential tripping hazards on the pavements and roads. Ensure that you are able to recognise traffic danger.
It is important that you reach your destination safely. Be alert at all times.
Our personal injury team regularly work with people who have been injured on the roads and understand the devastating impact these injuries can have on victims and their families. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, please contact our specialist team today on 0175 321 6399.
By Jessica Booth, graduate paralegal in the personal injury team