For Pedes­tri­ans

Consumer Voice - - Car Insurance -

Ac­cord­ing to an es­ti­mate by Delhi-based Cen­tre for Science and En­vi­ron­ment (CSE), about 40 per cent of Delhi’s roads have no side­walks. Fur­ther, Delhi re­ported 423 pedes­trian deaths in 2012, which is much higher com­pared to Mumbai and Chen­nai com­bined.

As a pedes­trian, it is im­por­tant to be vig­i­lant. If you are walk­ing with a child, en­sure that you al­ways hold their hand, to pre­vent them from trip­ping and fall­ing, or even run­ning on the road. Here are a few other safety mea­sures: Be iden­ti­fied: It is im­por­tant that the driv­ers can see you, es­pe­cially af­ter sun­set. Avoid wear­ing dark colours at night; wear bright or re­flec­tive colours so that you are clearly vis­i­ble on the road. This pre­vents col­li­sions and hi­tand-run ac­ci­dents. Also, in a coun­try like In­dia, where the streets are not al­ways well lit, con­sider car­ry­ing a torch and make sure to cross at a well-lit spot. Stand away from sta­tion­ary ve­hi­cles while cross­ing, so that the on-com­ing traf­fic is able to see you. While cross­ing/walk­ing on the road: Avoid cross­ing the road at un­der­passes and over­bridges. Use the ded­i­cated sub­ways/walk-over bridges. It is im­por­tant to walk on the pave­ment. If such pave­ments are not avail­able, make sure to walk on the right side of the road (be­yond the white mar­gin), so that you are fac­ing the flow of traf­fic. While walk­ing with chil­dren, hold their hands and en­sure that you come be­tween them and the flow­ing traf­fic. Wait for the pedes­trian sig­nals while cross­ing. If there are no sig­nals, look well be­fore you cross. Also, watch out for ve­hi­cles want­ing to take a turn to your right or left. Look at the road while walk­ing; do not be too en­grossed in a con­ver­sa­tion (with a com­pan­ion) or on your mo­bile phone. Lower the sound of your head­phones, so that you are aware of the in­com­ing traf­fic noises. Iden­tify parked ve­hi­cles, es­pe­cially at dusk/ dawn/night: Park­ing lights and se­cu­rity alarms have been in­stalled in ve­hi­cles for your ben­e­fit as well. Be aware of th­ese sig­nals when walk­ing near park­ing lots and other park­ing spa­ces on the road.

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