As the weather starts to warm up, the number of people out and about on foot typically increases. With more pedestrians, there's unfortunately also often an increase in accidents involving pedestrians. As a driver or a pedestrian, it's essential to stay vigilant and aware of our surroundings to prevent such accidents. This blog will provide useful tips and actionable advice for both drivers and pedestrians to ensure safety during the warmer months.
- Stay Alert as a Driver
It's vital to keep your eyes on the road, especially when people walk on the sidewalk, cross the street, or hang out in a residential area. Even when there isn't a crosswalk, watching out for jaywalkers is essential. Expect the unexpected and always be prepared to brake when necessary—if you're in doubt, slow down.
- Follow The Rules of The Road
While it might feel frustrating to obey traffic laws as a driver, they are there for a reason. If you follow traffic laws, you'll dependably be where you're assumed to be and can navigate the roads. If you're a pedestrian, you should always use crosswalks and follow traffic signals to avoid confusion and potential accidents.
- Take Extra Caution
When drivers go through residential areas, construction sites, or any area where people may be walking, riders and pedestrians should be extra cautious. Slow down, double-check your surroundings, and proceed with increased care when something doesn't look or feel right. As a pedestrian, always make eye contact with drivers when crossing the road or driveways to ensure you're seen. It could save your life.
- Use Technology
Plenty of apps you can download now focus on pedestrian safety, such as Walk Safe or Safe Trek. These apps use GPS technology to help pedestrians feel safe while walking. Likewise, if you're driving, turn on apps such as Waze or Google Maps to get a heads-up on traffic reports so you know what's ahead and have time to adjust accordingly.
- Speak Up
Lastly, it's important to remember that not all drivers will be aware of their surroundings, regardless of how vigilant they believe they are. If you're a pedestrian and you see a driver using their phone or driving recklessly, make eye contact and shout to the driver to get their attention. If you're driving and see another driver driving carelessly, perhaps call the police if you feel their actions represent an immediate danger.
Preventing pedestrian accidents during the warmer months requires drivers and pedestrians to take additional precautions. Whether it's staying alert as a driver or following the road rules as a pedestrian, it's vital to remain vigilant and prioritize safety. The above steps should help prevent pedestrian accidents and ensure everyone can enjoy the outdoors safely. Remember, if we are all more mindful of our actions, we can help protect ourselves and each other.
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