How To Stay Safe While Playing ‘Pokémon Go’
Just about everyone has heard about or played Pokémon Go. This exciting virtual reality game, which was released quite recently, has grown in popularity and has millions of active daily users. If you are an active player yourself, then you know just about how fun and addictive the game is. However, even though the game has only been in existence for a few months, several reports have emerged that highlight some drawbacks to playing the game. The drawbacks are mainly related to the fact that the game involves a lot of walking around and interaction with strangers. These drawbacks range from distraction while playing the game (including behind the wheel!) to the fact that muggers are using the game to time and steal from unsuspecting players.
Here are five major ways to help you stay safe while playing Pokémon Go:
Be aware of your surroundings
Since the game involves a lot of walking around places or neighborhoods that you would not normally walk to, always look up and be aware of your surroundings. If you see anything that could be potentially dangerous, quickly extract yourself from that scenario. Also, avoid trespassing or jaywalking or breaking any other law to catch more Pokémons. Staying alert will not only help you avoid potentially dangerous situations but also help you avoid fines related with some offenses mentioned above.
Carry a portable power bank/ charger
Pokémon Go uses GPS heavily. The Pokémons are placed in different locations and you can only find them by enabling GPS on your phone. The problem with this is that GPS consumes a significant amount of battery power quickly. Your fully charged phone could go off in a matter of hours. Imagine looking up and realizing you are in the middle of nowhere and with no means of calling someone for help. However, by carrying your power bank, you could simply plug in your phone and call a friend to pick you up.
Carry a water bottle
The game sometimes requires you to walk or hike a couple of miles in pursuit for Pokémons. Sometimes you could get caught up in the game and not realize that you have racked up a couple of miles in the last one or two hours. Thus, you should always carry with you a bottle of water to stay hydrated. You don’t want to pass out in the middle of nowhere just because you wanted to catch that rare Pokémon.
Don’t play and drive
Ask any car accident lawyer and they will tell you that distracted driving is a recipe for disaster. Driving a car requires a lot of mental concentration on its own. Playing Pokémon Go while driving will distract you from the complex task of operating your vehicle and increase your likelihood of causing a car accident. Many states have already issued warnings against playing Pokémon Go while driving. If you ever get involved in any car accident whether its Pokémon Go related or not, contact a car accident lawyer and he or she will give you the assistance you need.
Hold on to your valuables
Always hold on tight to your bag, purse, backpack or anything else that has your stuff to make it difficult for someone else to snatch it from you. Hang onto your phone or hold it in a secure grip as it is easily noticeable and easier to grab and run away with.
Avoid playing at night
This one should be quite obvious. Why would you walk around at night with your expensive smartphone in hand while playing a game that could distract you from potentially dangerous situations? You could be mugged, knocked over or even fall into a ditch and hurt yourself. If you really have to play at night then get a friend or better yet a group of friends and take turns playing the game. While you are playing your friends could act watchers/ spotters and vice versa.
As you can see, there are quite a number of things to have in mind while playing Pokémon Go. Accidents, however, are accidents and they do happen to most of us. If you ever get knocked down while playing the game contact us and we will assign to you a car accident lawyer who will advise you on what to do and the due process. Remember to always exercise caution in whatever you are doing.
Last Updated: 03-24-2017