Walking while distracted can be as dangerous as distracted driving.
To avoid walking while distracted, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises:
- If you’re listening to a radio, phone or music player, lower the volume so you can hear surrounding noise and nearby traffic.
- Move away from pedestrian traffic if you need to make a phone call or send a text.
- Pay attention to any nearby obstacles or people.
- Cross streets only at a crosswalk when it is safe to do so.
- Carefully look up, especially when stepping off a curb, near stairs or when heading into an intersection.
- Be aware of drivers and people in parking lots, particularly when it’s dark and it’s more difficult to see you.