We were shooting a video inside Toyota Motor Philippines’ compound in Santa Rosa, Laguna, when we noticed a somewhat strange thing: All the pedestrian crosswalks are complemented by the following sign…
Basically, the sign asks pedestrians to do these steps before crossing the road:
2. Check left; and
3. Check right.
If you think it’s too basic to even be discussed, you have to see Toyota employees actually doing it.
Everyone—and we mean every single one—does it. They even say, “yoshi, yoshi,” while pointing to the left and then to the right. It supposedly means “check, check.” It looks absurd at first, but when you realize how this simple act aids in keeping you alert while you step onto hostile pavement, it all begins to make sense. Many of us absentmindedly saunter around the block while checking our friends’ latest photos on Instagram, not realizing we’re just a couple of paces away from being flattened by an armored vehicle. Pointing your finger at both sides of the road while calling the name of a Mario Kart character helps. Try it (without laughing).
Here’s how it’s done.