TIPS FOR SHARING WITH PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS
Summer is finally here, and with it comes the excitement of long sunny days, warm weather, and plenty of outdoor activities. As schools close their doors for the summer break, there will be an increase in the number of children, pedestrians, and cyclists on the roads. As a result, it is essential to Share the Road to ensure the safety of all road users.
School’s Out for Summer – Share the Road
As schools close for summer, children will be out and about, playing and exploring their surroundings. Drivers need to be extra vigilant in residential areas and near parks, playgrounds, and schools, reducing speed and being prepared to stop suddenly if necessary. In addition, it is essential to keep a safe distance from children on bicycles, roller skates, and skateboards. Children can be unpredictable, and drivers need to be aware of their surroundings to anticipate any potential dangers.
Summer vacation also means more inexperienced drivers on the road, such as teenagers who have recently obtained their driver’s license. Parents can help prepare their teen drivers by providing supervised driving practice, enforcing safe driving habits, and setting limits on passengers and nighttime driving. Inexperienced drivers should also avoid distracted driving, speeding, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
How can Drivers Share the Road Responsibly?
Stay Alert and Avoid Distractions One of the most critical steps in sharing the road safely is staying alert and avoiding distractions. Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents, and it is vital to avoid texting, eating, or any other activity that takes your eyes and attention off the road.
Yield to Pedestrians and Cyclists Pedestrians and cyclists have the right of way in most situations. Drivers must yield to them, especially when turning, crossing intersections, or entering or exiting driveways.
Use Your Turn Signals Turn signals are an essential tool in communicating with other road users. Always use them when changing lanes, turning, or merging with traffic. This will help prevent accidents and reduce confusion on the road.
Keep a Safe Following Distance Maintaining a safe following distance is crucial in preventing accidents. Drivers should keep a distance of at least three seconds between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them. This will allow for sufficient reaction time in case of sudden stops or changes in traffic flow.
Check Your Blind Spots Blind spots are areas around your vehicle that you cannot see in your mirrors. Always check your blind spots before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This will help you avoid colliding with other vehicles, pedestrians, or cyclists.
Whether it’s being cautious of increased bicycle traffic or inexperienced drivers, safety should always be a top priority. By following traffic rules and practicing safe driving habits, we can ensure that the roads are a safe place for everyone. Enjoy the summer season, but let’s not forget to keep safety in mind while on the road.
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