Summertime is a prime season for traveling and enjoying the outdoors. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your vacation and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
- Pets: We love being able to take our pets to the beach or on the trail. Bring plenty of plastic bags to clean up after your pet. If the area is busy, keep your furry friends on a leash. Not everyone is comfortable around animals, so, when in public, keeping them on a leash is the right thing to do..
- Move to the Side: On a hike you may pause to take a photo of the scenery or stop to take in the breathtaking views. When stopping on a trail, move to the side to allow others to pass. Share the space and allow bikers, walkers and joggers the same courtesy.
- Watch your Doors: Be careful opening your doors when parked at the beach or on the side of the road. With warmer weather, people are outside, walking and cycling. Check your mirrors before opening the door to avoid dangerous collisions with cars, people or bikes.
- Mind your Speed: If you are out for a bike ride or run, be aware of your space and others. Announce yourself when passing - "On your left!". Do not pass on the right unless absolutely necessary. If you are cycling, reduce your speed in heavily populated areas. Always pay attention to your surroundings. If the area doesn't look safe, listen to your gut and always follow your instincts.
- Park Rules: If you are in a public space and there is a sign with rules, follow it. Whether it says, "slow on the right, pass on the left" or "no glass bottles," the rules are in place to make it a safer place for everyone.
- No Littering: When you finish your water bottle on a hike, hold onto it until you find a trashcan or recycling bin. Pick up after yourself to keep the environment clean.
- Obey Traffic Laws: Utilize all pedestrian crossings. You are responsible for the safety of others just as they are responsible for yours. Don't walk out in front of cars assuming the car will stop. Use turn signals and be careful of vehicles - its driver could be texting, talking on a cell phone or otherwise distracted.
- Plan for Dusk and Dawn: If you take daily runs in the early morning or late evening, wear reflective clothing and use reflectors to be visible to drivers. This is especially important when fog or rain limits visibility. It is your responsibility to watch out for cars. Drivers can be unpredictable, so we, as pedestrians, must be cautious. As a female, it is never a good idea to walk or run after dark alone. Bring a buddy!
Keep these helpful hints in mind when exercising and enjoy the outdoors!