17 People Shared The Best Street Smart Tips To Stay Safe Out There
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It has been a while for many of us since we get out there. The world has become a little less crowded on the streets. But as many people are getting ready to brace the ‘new normal,’ you might want to keep in mind some of these ‘street smart’ tips. We live in a time period when distractions are everywhere; those ad banners, billboards, our own gadgets… we’re never short of visual and auditory cues to receive.
Prepare your cash.
Put up a confident front.
The street is easily one of the most common crime scene. From traffic accidents to hit-and-run incidents, mugging, kidnapping, robbery, assaults… many of the victims are people who didn’t pay attention to their surrounding nor prepare for what may happen. However, lately reports and statistics are hinting the need to for people to be more ‘smart street.’
Always know where to go.
Check your blind spots.
Headphones make you an easy target in public.
Walk on the opposite side of the traffic.
Don’t ignore your gut feeling.
Getting yourself free from being kidnapped.
Use shadows to check your surrounding.
Pedestrian fatalities reached a 30-year high in 2019, according to the GHSA (Governors Highway Safety Association) statistics. The estimation of pedestrian deaths reached 6,590. This is an increase of 5% from 2018, and the last time the number was this high was in 1988. The majority of these incidents happen at nighttime.
Don’t look distracted.
Paying attention when you swing those corners.
Don’t put that ‘I’ve never been here’ face.
Feeling comfortable does not mean you are safe.
Use your rights to remain silent.
Pedestrian deaths now represent over 17% of traffic deaths while the number of casualties in cars, SUVs, trucks, etc. remain similar. In comparison, the number of pedestrian deaths increased by 53% since 2008, and only 2% for other traffic-related deaths.