Wherever you drive, pedestrian safety should be a top priority.
Often where there are vehicles, there are pedestrians. There may be crosswalks and traffic signals to help pedestrians safely cross paths with vehicles, but in many instances this may not be the case.
To safely share the roads, remember:
- Actively scan for pedestrians and be especially watchful at night when it becomes far more difficult to see them.
- If you have a passenger in the vehicle with you, have them become the pedestrian spotter, especially in highly populated areas.
- If needed, don’t be shy about using your horn; it may be exactly what’s needed to get the pedestrian’s attention quickly.
- Take special care with children and seniors. Leave extra room and slow down even more when either is present.
- Children are small and hard to see and they may not fully understand the dangers of traffic.
- Seniors may need more time to cross and may have hearing or vision issues as well.
Always remember, no matter what, pedestrians always have the right of way!
Pedestrians play a part too…
- Hear and be aware! Stay off the phone and music headsets when crossing.
- Wear bright/visible clothing at night.
- Stand back from the edge of the curb and make eye contact with drivers before walking in front of them. Never assume you have the right of way.
- Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. If sidewalks are not available, walk facing traffic on the edge of the road, as far from the travel lane as possible.