We are in the rainy season and that means one thing. UMBRELLAS EVERYWHERE! If you're like me, battling a city full of people who don't know proper etiquette is not only annoying, it can be dangerous. (Maybe dangerous is a little dramatic, but you get it).
I've put together some basics for anyone out there who may be confused along with some really artistic visuals to help everyone out. Keeping in mind these are generally accepted norms across the US.
Rule Number 1: Keep to the right:
If everyone minds this, it eliminates over half of the issues with walking anyway. If you need to pass, do it quickly and get back to the right. Think of it like driving.
Rule Number 2: Hold it in your right hand:
If you're walking on the right hand side, it makes sense to hold your umbrella in your right hand so that oncoming pedestrians are met by a minimum obstruction from your umbrella, which reduces your need to keep dodging oncoming pedestrians.
Rule Number 3: When to lift your umbrella for others:
When you're walking on a narrow sidewalk or if people have jumbo sized umbrellas, it can be difficult to know what to do to avoid hitting someone else. The general rule is if you are passing someone from behind, lift your umbrella over the other person. If you are taller than an oncoming person, lift your umbrella until you pass.
Rule Number 4: Stay off your phone:
I don't think this needs much explanation, but it's bad enough when you're on a busy street and people are blithely unaware of their surroundings. It's worse when people are struggling in the rain. If you need to take a call or text someone, pull over!
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