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Pedestrians First

24 Jun Blog | Comments

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Across the country, most schools are getting out for the summer. Kids will be riding their bikes to their friends’ houses, crossing streets and running without looking where they are going. That means drivers need to be even more cautious than normal. Pedestrians first is the general rule, but sometimes people get too wrapped up in what is happening in their car and forget to pay attention outside of the car.

Pedestrians First

A pedestrian is defined as anyone who is not driving a vehicle. For example, a person walking or someone riding a bike are both considered pedestrians. That means any vehicle on the road should give the walker or biker the right of way.

4-Way Stop

Even at a 4-way stop, usually the vehicle on the left yields to the vehicle on the right, all vehicles should yield to any pedestrians trying to cross the road. The same goes for a 2-way stop, vehicles should yield to walkers and cyclists.

Summer is Here

Now that most schools are out for the summer drivers need to be even more aware and cautious of pedestrians. When exiting a drive-thru or plaza it is important for anyone in a vehicle to look for pedestrians in both directions. There will be more people and kids out and about, so when pulling out of your driveway look both ways and then look again. Kids especially can come from what seems like nowhere, so pay special attention.

You shouldn’t text and drive ever, but with more pedestrian traffic not texting while driving is even more important.

Kids tend to do before they think, so they are more likely to run into the street after a ball or to catch up with a friend before they look both ways. That means you as the driver has to slow down in areas where there are more kids. You also need to pay even closer attention while driving.

Defensive Driving

This is where being a defensive driver can be really handy. If you have already trained yourself to be aware of your surroundings at all times, you will already know there is a group of kids playing in the front yard. You will watch where the ball they are playing with goes and slow down so you can stop quickly if you need to.

Pedestrians first is not only a good practice, but it is also the law. As the driver, it is your responsibility to be aware of what and who is around you, at all times. At a crosswalk, a traffic light or a stop sign you need to yield to the pedestrian(s). Their safety comes first, in part, because they are the least protected. Other ways to protect pedestrians is by not texting, paying attention, and being a defensive driver.

 

 

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