What drivers should do to keep pedestrians safe.
As good drivers, we know exactly how to interact with other cars on the road, from stopping at stop signs to politely merging on freeways. What many drivers are far less versed in is safe interaction with pedestrians. Whether or not you like it, all of us motorists need to share the road with pedestrians and work to protect them as best as we can. Cars are the most powerful things on the road, and lack of knowledge or care can cause accidents that result in serious injury or even death.
For those behind the wheel, here’s how you can safely share the road with pedestrians.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Always yield – no matter how much of a hurry you’re in or who you think has the legal right of way, you must yield to the person who stands to lose a lot more in a collision.
- Watch your speed. Stick to speed limit at all times.
- Remember that distracted driving like texting and talking on your phone is unsafe and illegal.
- Don’t get distracted by your phone, the radio, or anything else that causes you to lose focus on the road ahead.
- Use extra caution where children and adults are likely to be nearby:
- School zones
- Bus stops
- Parks and playgrounds
- Residential areas
- Parking lots
- Be careful at night and in inclement weather. Be extra cautious when there is poor visibility and be ready to stop at any time.
- Have respect and patience for those crossing or looking to cross the road.
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