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5 Ways To Not Get Hit By A Car

You are trying to do good for the environment, for your health. So you walk a lot. You don't realize that you are risking your life every time you step foot on a California sidewalk. According to U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed, and 65,000 are seriously injured each year.

There are some easy tips to help keep you safe and avoid the catastrophic injuries that can result from being hit by a car.

Put your phone down: You can't see where you are walking if you have a phone in your face. Texts can wait until you are stationary.

Keep your head up: Maybe you don't like making eye contact. Maybe you just like to check out people's shoes. No matter what the reason, it's not a good one. Keep your head up and make yourself aware of your surroundings.

Turn your music off: You can't be fully aware of your surroundings if you can't hear what's happening around you. Car horns, skidding tires, sirens - all of these can alert you to something dangerous approaching.

Assume the worst: That car that looks like it is approaching the stop sign pretty fast? The one that you figure - well - how could it not see that sign? So you start walking into the crosswalk? Yeah, it didn't see the sign and it didn't see you. Don't assume cars will stop or that they see your or the signs/lights. Make sure they are stopped before you are in the street.

Don't take chances: You just want to cross the street to get to the store that is literally right across from you. If you walk up another block to get to the light, you have to backtrack. Who has time for backtracking? Safe people, that's who. Take the extra time to cross where you're supposed to.

No matter which mode of transportation you choose to get from point A to point B, make sure you are doing it safely.

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