How to Safely Share the Road with Pedestrians

Feb 08, 2018

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How to Safely Share the Road with Pedestrians

Drive Safely for Yourself and Pedestrians 

Ever since cars were invested, pedestrians have had to share the road with vehicles. What’s unfortunate is the statistics regarding car-pedestrian collisions. From 2005 to 2009, there were 224,000 collisions involving pedestrians and single-passenger vehicles. Of those accidents 13,193 were fatal. Although new technologies are being created to stop instances of car-pedestrian accidents, there is still a lot the driver can do to prevent these incidents. Don’t Drive Distracted Alongside driving drunk, driving distracted is a giant risk factor for getting involved in a car accident. To avoid a pedestrian collision, work to prevent distractions. Don’t go on your phone, fiddle with the radio, or daydream while behind the wheel. The best way to drive is to be alert and aware of your surroundings. Use Your Turn Signals The controls are right there – so use them! It takes no more than a flick of the wrist to turn them on. Pedestrians look for those signals just as much as your fellow drivers do. These people rely on them to know your intentions and when it is safe to go. Look Both Ways Your parents taught you this habit for good reason. Even if you’re turning onto a one-way street, it’s important to look both ways before you hit the gas. Doing so will ensure that you see pedestrians approaching from either direction. Slow Down If you’re driving in an area with crosswalks that aren’t traffic-light-controlled, not only will you want to be more aware of pedestrians stepping out in front of you, but you’ll want to slow down. This gives you a chance to see pedestrians who want to cross the road. Keeping your fellow users of the road — pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists — in mind is the surest way to ensure safer streets and better insurance rates. Contact C.V. Mason Insurance Agency for your custom car insurance policy in Bristol, Connecticut.