Sometimes we become so preoccupied at watching out for the other driver that we forget how many pedestrians are on the road. Whether walking, running or biking, they may not be immediately visible or may accidently step or fall into the street. April 4th is National Walk to Work day. A greater number of pedestrians are expected to be using our sidewalks, crosswalks and road on this special day. Below are some reminders for drivers to help keep pedestrians safe on April 4th and every other day of the year:
1. Be especially alert when driving anywhere there are groups of people moving about like residential areas, school zones, bus stops, or near parks.
2. Avoid distractions like using cell phones or tuning the radio.
3. Give pedestrians the right-of-way. They are assuming that you see them.
4. Slow down when entering and exiting driveways and alleys. Take an extra look when pulling out of a parking space whether it is on the street on in a parking lot.
5. Be prepared to stop when entering a crosswalk area.
6. Use extra caution when visibility is limited at night or when it’s raining.
7. Don’t pass vehicles that have stopped for pedestrians.
8. When passing disabled cars on the side of the road give them some space. If you are not stopping to help, move over into the next lane.
9. At intersections, wait for pedestrians to cross. Look them in the eye so they know that you have seen them but don’t wave them to cross in front of you. Drivers coming from the opposite direction or from behind you may not stop.
10. If you see a ball or toy suddenly roll into the street, be prepared to stop. There is often a youngster close behind it.