Are you ready to get out there on those busy NYC streets? (Stewart / Flickr)
By now, hopefully you’ve picked up some tips for being savvy out on those city streets. So you’ve got #StreetSmarts. But … are you a VisionHero? Find out: See if you can get all 10 questions right!
Texting and walking is just as dangerous as texting and driving.
False. Sure, driving a 2-ton+ car while texting is more dangerous than texting on foot. But “wexting” can lead you right into the path of all sorts of things (including a truck or a train) which is NOT FUN.
63% of teens who were ________ said it was normal to cross the street while texting or talking on the phone.
really fast texters
hit by a car
“just sending one more text”
Yeah. 63% of teens who got hit by a car say it's totally cool to text and walk. We hope they've changed their position. (And you, too!)
Pulling off to the side to finish sending a text could prevent …
Giving a stranger a flat tire
Getting hit by a car
All of the above
You can really save yourself a lot of grief when you put your phone away.
Wearing headphones while walking doesn’t seem that dangerous, but it is. There are safe, smart ways to headphone while walking. Which of these things is NOT one of them?
Using earbuds instead of noise-canceling headphones
Popping out/off one earphone/headphone
Using an app that lets in the sounds around you
We know it's fun, but you should not scream-sing while walking. Save it for the shower.
When you’re approaching a crosswalk with a blinking signal, you should totally just …
Pause, look at the traffic and make a smart decision about whether you’ve really got time to cross safely.
But you knew this one ... right? ;) Oh, and let your dog know, too.
If you’re on a bike, scooter or skateboard, you’re interacting with traffic a lot more than when you’re walking, and drivers can’t always see you. That means you have to …
Look both ways (look *all* ways!) and stop at the curb when you’re going to cross the street. Look carefully and follow the rules of the road.
Keep going as you’re going. They’re the drivers and it’s their job to watch where you’re going.
Weave around traffic as best you can.
We know it's annoying, but getting hit by a car is worse. So go show off your tricks in the park, not on a trafficky street.
Picture this: It’s dark out. You’re wearing sunglasses. The red hand is flashing, and cars are revving their engines at the crosswalk. True or false: You should stroll across the walk at your own pace.
False: GET REAL!
Yes, you should not just stroll across a crosswalk without looking. Ever. But you can keep the sunglasses if they make you happy.
Picture this: You’re on your skateboard, coming up on heavy traffic. You’re confident that by the time you get to the intersection you’ll be able to cross safely. So you keep heading straight, feeling SuperHuman. What’s true?
You are SuperHuman.
You are NOT SuperHuman. Get off your skateboard and wait till it’s safe to cross, silly.
Your crush just made you a mix and you’re giddy to listen on your walk home. The volume is moderate, one bud is popped out and you’re hanging back and waiting for the next light before rushing through the crosswalk.
You are doing it right.
You are being overly cautious. Can you live?
Maybe you ARE Superman. The Superman of making good choices--like keeping one bud popped out and paying attention to traffic signals. Because no, you can’t live if you get hit by a car.
On the walk home from school, you feel like you just HAVE to check Snapchat right in the middle of a crosswalk, as a biker is veering around the corner.
You should’ve waited, at least till you got to the other side of the road, to pull aside and catch up.
That biker was a big jerk and it’s his fault you're paralyzed from the neck down. Couldn't he have waited a sec?!? Sheesh.
Are you scared straight yet? (If you feel like you need to go back over how to enjoy the street without risking your neck, here you go. Be smart!