Whether you are driving for business or pleasure, pedestrians rule at all times: Drivers – look out for pedestrians everywhere. Pedestrians – look out for cars everywhere.
When you are walking:
- Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
- Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
- Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible. This is where drivers expect pedestrians.
- Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
- If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows you enough time to cross safely, and continue to watch for traffic as you cross.
- Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach you to make sure you are seen.
- Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective materials, or use a flashlight, at night.
- Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
When you are driving:
- Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or in bad weather.
- Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.
- Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where there are children present.
- Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see.
- Be extra cautious when backing up – pedestrians can move into your path.
- Be alert! Parking lots, garages, service islands, crosswalks and driveways are all potential areas for pedestrians.
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