With the weather slowly (very slowly) warming up, everyone is spending more and more time outside walking, playing or just enjoying the fresh air.
Here in New Jersey, we are very lucky to have some of the most beautiful parks to explore and we also have many communities that boast hiking trails and fun parks.
But before you lace up your sneakers, here are some walking safety tips.
Visibility – Make sure that you can be seen.
- Wear bright-colored or light-colored clothing such as a cap, hat, jacket, vest to make you more visible to other ans drivers.
- Attach a piece of high visibility fluorescent material to your purse, backpack, briefcase, or any item in plain view.
Awareness – Make sure someone knows of your plans if you are hiking.
- Inform family or a friend if you are planning a hike or long walk.
- Make sure to have a bottle of water and some fruit or nutrition bars.
- Bring your charged cellphone and a back-up battery.
Community Walking – Walking in the city poses many risks. Know what is expected of you as a pedestrian
- Cross only at corners or designated crosswalks.
- Stop at the curb and look left-right-left.
- Before stepping off the curb, be sure all vehicles have stopped. Make sure drivers see you.
- Walk in front of parked cars instead of behind them whenever possible.
- Listen for engine noise
- Look for back-up lights.
Walking can be an enjoyable way to not only explore your community but it’s a great way to exercise too! Happy Walking!
Photo Credit: Roosevelt Park, Middlesex County, NJ
Not sure how to get to your destination by train or bus in Middlesex County?
Check out KMM’s interactive map on kmm.org. The map allows users to pinpoint their location and the mass transit available in the area. In addition, the map also provides direct access to scheduling and fare information.
The map is designed to direct users to mass transit and the many connections available to a commuter. For example, a commuter who may live in the southern area of Middlesex County and commutes to North Jersey can find that instead of driving the turnpike or parkway alone, can park at the Exit 8a park and ride lot and take one of the many buses that travels into Newark and then connect to the Northeast Corridor Train line in Secaucus Junction.
In addition to mass transit, the map also provides bike locker, bike baths, municipal centers and all libraries located in the county. The KMM interactive map is a commuter’s friend.
Visit the site today and get started on easier commute.
There are a lot of obvious distractions while driving like phones, iPods, CDs, food, and drinks.
However most people overlook that cute furry distraction that is present in the cars of 1 in 5 pet-owning Americans. Sure a floppy eared dog with his cute little head out the window is adorable, but also very dangerous for both the passengers and the dog himself.
Having an unrestrained pet in the car can be a bigger distraction than a cell phone or other inanimate object, because a pet has a mind of its own and if it’s not restrained, it can roam freely in the car.
While it isn’t a law in New Jersey yet, driving with pets is pretty common and statistics say that 31% of drivers who transported a pet said it was a distraction no matter where it was in the car.
So the next time you take Spot to the beach, “buckle” him up, because seat belts save lives-even of puppies.
(reposted from previous blog)