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Here are a few tips and advice about how pedestrians should expect to handle wet roads. It’s time we changed that.
1. Don’t run
We know this seems like common sense, but when standing in a downpour, most of us have the understandable urge to dash across the road to safety. Visibility during the rains drops dramatically and an oncoming car may not see you in time.
2. Be visible
When selecting your rain gear, opt for something bright and colourful instead of the standard issue black umbrella. Indulge your fun side and go for a creative pattern or reflective fabrics. Not only will it make you more visible to drivers, but it will lift your spirits too.
3. No to jaywalking
Jaywalking is always dangerous. During the monsoons, it can prove to be downright lethal. Even conscientious drivers are handicapped during monsoons due to low visibility, slippery roads and potholes. The last thing they need is to be caught by surprise as someone dashes across the road.
4. No Games
You know the latest augmented reality game – the monster hunting phenomenon that draws hordes of gamers out into the streets, eyes glued to their phones. It’s not long before the next addictive app takes over. Sure, the latest craze or smartphone game is fun, but is it worth risking your life? We didn’t think so.
5. Stay away from Phone
We’re really serious about limiting cellphone use during the monsoon. During monsoons our roads turn into a veritable minefield of submerged potholes, which are extremely dangerous.That means no phone calls and no text messages while you’re out walking. Nothing is urgent enough to risk your life. You may not realise it, but simple precautions like these could keep you from becoming just another statistic or cautionary tale.