Never Walk On The Right Side Of The Road

March 2, 2020

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Almost 129,000 pedestrians went to the ER with car crash-related injuries in 2015, and 5,376 died in such crashes, according to the CDC. That's one pedestrian death every 1.6 hours! One of the biggest risk factors is walking on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic. A recent study found that walking against traffic instead of with it cut the risk of getting hit by a car by an average of 77%! Why such a big difference? Well, if you walk the same direction you’d drive, the cars closest to you are coming from behind. That means you’d need to rely on the driver to see you and react if it’s coming up too closely. If the person behind the wheel is distracted, you could end up injured—or worse. On the other hand, when you’re walking against traffic, you can see the cars heading toward you. Facing those vehicles lets you see danger coming and get out of the way if necessary, and you aren’t putting your life in the hands of every driver who passes. 

SOURCE: The Healthy

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