Within our homes and our places of work, we have familiarity on our sides to avoid accidents. We know where chairs are, we know how many steps there are on a staircase and we know unique things, such as if a kettle leaks a little once boiled.
This familiarity stops us humans from injuring ourselves most of the time. While out and about, however, things get a little trickier – especially in unfamiliar places.
Take the Tube for instance. People living in London will know the Tube like the back of their hands. They will know, for instance, that the turnstiles can be slow to react and to wait a second before pushing through. People who don’t live in London will walk straight into the turnstile and give themselves a dead leg.
Unfamiliarity causes most accident while out. Thankfully, there are ways to avoid an injury and to get home safely. Here’s 5 things you can do to avoid an injury:
- Keep your eyes forward when walking
When walking, it can be easy to get distracted and peer into shop windows. But doing so can lead to you walking into a lamppost, or a pothole. Keep your eyes forward, and you will see dangers approaching and you will be able to take action to avoid them.
- Stop using your phone!
In a similar vain to keeping your eyes forward, you should limit the amount of time you spend on your phone when walking. Look up, and you’ll see hazards before they become a problem. Sit down somewhere if you want to use your phone to stay safe.
- Leave plenty of room in front of you while driving
Stopping distances reduce dramatically in wet conditions but even when the roads are dry, you may not react in time to a hazard. You can keep yourself safer whilst driving, by keeping a safe distance from the car in front. Try to stay at least five car lengths back.
- Don’t take risks
Accident Advice Helpline has worked plenty of personal injury claims where the victim took an unnecessary risk, such as walking over ice to reach a shop, or running across the road when the lights are red. Such cases are difficult to win, however, the point is you shouldn’t take risks when out and about. You should play everything safe, in order to stay safe.
- Avoid any restaurants that can’t guarantee allergy safety
If you are allergic to something, you will know that you can never trust a restaurant. But, some can at least guarantee that no ingredients you are allergic to will be included in your dish. If a restaurant can’t guarantee this, you should avoid it like the plague.