National Traffic Awareness Month

National Traffic Awareness Month

August is National Traffic Awareness Month, although we should practice traffic safety every day of the year. Tens of thousands of pedestrians, drivers, and passengers become victims of avoidable accidents every day. Such accidents can be emotionally and physically detrimental to those involved, including family members and friends of victims. The loss of a life or a limb can is preventable with proper care and attention to traffic laws and safety. 

Whether you’re riding in a car and following the traffic signs or walking as a pedestrian on the correct side of the street, together we can make the road a safer place for everyone. As daylight savings time soon comes to an end, we like to focus on pedestrian safety and aim to shed light on ways to prevent major and minor incidents. 

Pedestrian Safety

Summertime is coming to a close and the sky will begin to get darker earlier as the cold weather comes around. Although traffic awareness month is in August, traffic safety should be a year-round concern. As a pedestrian running on the road or simply crossing the street, we have some tips to keep you visible by drivers on the go:

  • Run Against Traffic

  • Make Yourself Visible

  • Be Aware of Your Surroundings

  • Be in Control

Let’s explore these tips in detail.

Run Against Traffic

Stay over to the side of the road and run against traffic. It will be easier for cars to see you and allows you to see what's coming toward you. If you come to a bend in the road, you’ll be in a better position to be seen.

Make Yourself Visible

Always make yourself visible by wearing reflective or bright-colored clothing, especially at night. 

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

It’s a mindless act to stare at our phones while we run or walk - to quickly respond to that text or email or check a notification. Drivers get distracted too. Just because there’s a stop sign doesn’t mean cars are going to stop. Be extra careful at intersections and when running past parked cars. Always try to cross intersections at lights and crosswalks if possible.

Be in Control

Always be in control during your runs. Just because you can see a car, doesn’t mean the driver can see you. Don’t rely on others for your safety. You are in control of your own safety!


Take some time this month to pay attention to your driving habits and be extra cautious if you see a pedestrian. And as a pedestrian, be aware of your surroundings and remember these tips to prevent accidents. We want you to be as safe as possible 365 days a year on and off the road. That starts with having the right auto insurance policy in place. If you are shopping for the best price or coverage, contact Rumbaugh Insurance today, and don’t forget to pay attention and be safe!