The Great Outdoors, one of Sullivan County’s best attributes, brings forth the strong draw to be out and about. With that draw comes a duty for everyone to be mindful of when and where you …
The Great Outdoors, one of Sullivan County’s best attributes, brings forth the strong draw to be out and about. With that draw comes a duty for everyone to be mindful of when and where you enjoy the sights, and all those around you.
With a county consisting of narrow roads, blind corners, rolling hills, and unpredictable traffic, it is always a good reminder to be mindful of runners, walkers, bikers, stroller-pushers, and anyone else who may be out on paths that run alongside major roads and backroad trails.
We’ve all been there – it’s easy to underestimate how fast you may be going when you drive past someone along the road. You pass them by in what seems like a blur and you tap your brakes and say “sorry about that” to yourself.
Although it may be good for a quick adrenaline rush, crossing paths in such a manner is usually not on anyone’s ‘to-do’ list for that day. Being aware of what speed the vehicle is going in from the perspective of those on foot can be the difference between a dangerous situation and someone’s safety.
Although the driver automatically has a higher responsibility for the safety of others out on the road, similar safety precautions could be practiced by those out on foot as well.
When possible, always stick to the sides of the road, try to stay clear of notoriously traffic-heavy areas, and keep both eyes and ears out at all times.
Darkness is not your ally. Never forget, if it is dark, bring a spark (of light) so that drivers can be sure to see you, because sometimes you may be able to see them, but they certainly may not be able to see you. Using a flashlight to signal an oncoming car that you’re there can be a gesture that means more than just saying hello.
And of course, if a blissful nightly walk is necessary, a reflective vest would also be a safe and smart investment.
We’re all just trying to get where we want to go, whether it’s by foot or by vehicle. So please remember to be courteous to your fellow traveler, traveler.
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