The Most Dangerous Place to Run

Going for a run? Pay extra-close attention at crosswalks. Pedestrians are significantly more likely to get hit by a car when it’s turning left, according to research from Oregon State University.crosswalk

You’re in the clear!

In a full-scale driving simulation, researchers monitored participants’ eye movements and found that roughly 10 percent of the drivers failed to look left to see if a runner or walker was in the intersection before making their move.

The main issue: At intersections with permitted left turns (without the green arrow), drivers are more focused on oncoming traffic. Meanwhile, most pedestrians carry on assuming they have the right of way, the researchers note.

So what can you do to avoid disaster? Disconnect. Recent research published in the journal Injury Prevention found that the number of pedestrians who have been killed or badly injured while wearing headphones has tripled in the past 6 years. By eliminating the music and letting natural sounds back in, you no longer suffer from sensory deprivation.


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