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As the winter weather begins to turn warmer, getting outside for physical activities starts to become more popular. Walking, running, bicycle riding, and hiking are enjoyable outdoor activities. Some safety precautions should be taken to prevent an unfortunate accident or injury from occurring.
Pedestrian injuries while walking or running outside near roadways and crossing intersections can be disastrous. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2015 there were 5,376 pedestrian fatalities from traffic-related crashes. 129,000 pedestrians were also treated for non-fatal traffic accidents during that time. Most pedestrian deaths occur in urban areas, non-intersection locations, and at night. Alcohol use (by drivers and pedestrians) and traffic speed increase the chances of a fatal encounter.
If you are going to be running or walking near a roadway or an area with vehicular traffic, here are some steps you can take to make it back safely:
Bicycling can offer a low-impact, aerobically beneficial alternative to running. One of the keys to a safe ride is to make sure preventive maintenance has been performed before riding:
These simple steps can prevent an accident from occurring. Observing the traffic rules when riding on public roadways and using proper hand-signals will let automobile operators know if you plan on turning or braking.
Wearing comfortable, reflective clothing, the proper footwear, and a bicycle helmet will also make the ride more enjoyable and safer. Helmet use has been estimated to reduce the odds of head injury by 50 percent, and the odds of head, face, or neck injury by 33 percent.
Hiking can be a physical fitness activity that you can enjoy with the whole family, or a group of friends from your unit. It not only provides physical activity, but can also be a very relaxing way to relieve stress. In order to make your hiking adventure as safe and enjoyable as possible, here are some tips:
The United States Army Combat Readiness Center also provides safety information for outdoor activities: