I love to walk, mainly because my dog loves to walk. But walking can be dangerous if you don’t play it safe. You can get hurt, attacked, and you have to watch out for cars (that may not be watching out for you). Follow these tips for walking safety so you can ensure that you get a great walking workout without having to worry so much about danger.
Never walk alone. Well, you can walk alone, but walk where other people are known to walk as well. Walking on bike and walking trails that typically have other walkers on them are your safest bet. This way, if you get hurt, you should be quickly seen and can get help. Also, in case there are potential attackers out there, you become less of a target if you are one among many.
Always have your cell phone on you and an ID of some sort. I can’t say how many times both of these items have come in handy for me, from having to call someone to pick up me and my dog because we were cornered by another dog, to having to show proof of age to a cop who stopped me while I was walking to make sure I wasn’t playing hooky from school (no joke). In case of emergency, these items are a must-have.
Don’t walk at night. Cars can’t see you as well, and it’s just plain more dangerous. Unless it’s a neighborhood stroll and you’ve told someone where you are going and how long you will be gone, walking at night is usually not a great idea. If you enjoy walking at night, wear reflective and bright clothing so cars can see you, and at any time of day, if you are walking near traffic, walk against traffic so you know to watch out for cars.
Don’t listen to music at full volume while you are walking, as this makes you less aware of your surroundings. If someone is trying to jog or bike around you and you can’t hear them, you could cause a collision. Likewise, you need to be able to hear someone coming up behind you or a vehicle coming near you. If you listen to music while you walk, turn it down so you can still hear your other surroundings.
Always have a leash with you when you walk with your dog, even if they normally walk off-leash. Even though I walk my dog along a canal, I always have a leash just in case another dog comes up or a car comes down the canal. You need to be able to restrain your dog if needed. Your best bet is to just always have your dog on its leash, but as a dog owner, I know that it’s more fun to just let your dog wander when no one is near.
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