With an average of 38.6 inches of precipitation in Seattle, the city is arguably one of the rainiest places in the nation. While rain can be a fabulous thing for the earth, it can also make walking more dangerous than it would be otherwise. When you’re acting as a pedestrian in Seattle, here are five safety tips for walking in the rain.
1. Get an Umbrella
An umbrella is useful for a variety of reasons while walking in the rain, not only will it naturally help to keep you dry, but it will also keep water out of your eyes. When water impairs your ability to see (especially if you wear glasses!), you’re more at risk of an accident. What’s more, holding an umbrella also improves your visibility, helping the drivers of surrounding vehicles to see you.
2. Wear Bright Colors
A brightly colored raincoat will serve you well when walking in the rain. Much like the umbrella (which should also be bright if possible), this utilitarian item will both keep you dry and aid in other motorists’ ability to see you. The brighter the color, the better. When it’s raining out, visibility is significantly impaired, especially for elderly drivers, but bold colors stand out and help you avoid a pedestrian accident.
3. Choose Non-Slip Shoes
Non-slip shoes (and preferably waterproof ones for your comfort) can help you get across streets safely. When streets and sidewalks are wet, slip and fall accidents may be more likely. While a slip on a sidewalk can lead to injuries, a slip in the middle of the road can be catastrophic.
4. Follow Traffic Laws
Rain or shine, you should always follow pedestrian rules of the road.
- Using a sidewalk whenever possible
- Crossing at a crosswalk when the signal indicates that it’s okay to do so
- Yielding to vehicles when not crossing at a designated crossing area
- Not exiting the sidewalk into the path of traffic
5. Resist Distractions
Finally, remember to put away distracting items when walking in Seattle. Turn off the music and tuck your cell phone safely into your pocket. When it’s raining out, approaching vehicles can be harder to both see and hear, and extra attention can be key to your safety.
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