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Driving And Pedestrian Safety Tips

Apr 9, 2008
The first thing that we think of when we hear the word car accident is a collision with two or more vehicles. In driving schools, more emphasis is given on how to avoid accidents that involves cars and trucks. However, pedestrian injuries and accidents are given minimal attention and only a few are aware of how to avoid them. The result is an alarming rate of pedestrian accidents. In the US alone, as many as 5,000 pedestrians are killed each year because of road accidents.

The human body only has little protection when it is hit by a larger motorized vehicle. As such, all drivers should be cautious and aware of their surroundings so that no accidents would happen. But you must not just rely on the good driving of motorists. As a pedestrian, you must still do something to prevent yourself from getting into an accident.

The most common mistakes of pedestrians that contribute to road accidents include jaywalking, walking on the road itself and not on side walks, and walking in the same direction as that of moving vehicles. In order to avoid these mistakes that may lead to injury or even to death, keep in mind these tips while traveling on foot:

1. Avoid jaywalking. Always use the designated pedestrian lane when you cross the road. If the red signal light is on, do not assume that all vehicles will immediately stop. Make it a habit to look both directions before crossing the street. Remain attentive at all times and be aware of the street signs. Always abide by the rules.

2. Do not walk on the road itself; use the sidewalk. If you spend less time on the road where vehicles pass, you will lessen the chances of getting hit. But if there is no sidewalk, just walk on grass if you can do this without invading or damaging property. This is safer than walking on the streets.

3. Walk in the direction that is opposite the flow of traffic. Doing so will help you see incoming vehicles easier and thus will give you more time to avoid them.

4. Stay visible. Avoid wearing dark-colored clothing at night and when the weather conditions are unfavorable. Wear bright-colored or reflective clothes. You may also carry a flash light. Doing so will make it easier for drivers to notice you. Make it a point not to suddenly step out from an object that blocks you from the view of the drivers, such as a parked car.

For motorists, here are some driving tips:

1. Safe driving begins as soon as you turn the car key.

2. Slow down when you're in highly populated places like markets, school zones, and malls. Also be wary when you're public parking areas and driveways. Before pulling out, make sure there are no people blocking your way.

3. Follow all traffic rules and regulations. Be as considerate as you can when you're driving. Keep in mind that pedestrians waiting the cross always have the right of way.
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