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Tips For Pedestrian Safety

Published on: 16 November 2018

When considering road safety, very often the focus lies on drivers and their cars. What about the non-drivers, do they not matter? There are definitely other road users that we should consider as we navigate the roads daily. Pedestrians make up for a lot of the traffic on our roads (believe it or not), especially urban routes. As road users, we all need to start thinking a little more about the safety of those on foot.

Play your part in keeping pedestrians safe:

  • Always keep your eyes open for pedestrians. It can seem as though pedestrians pop up from nowhere, so never let your guard down on the road.
  • Be extra vigilant at night. People may be walking on or next to the road, and they may not be wearing reflective clothing. Pedestrians could also be intoxicated after a night out and may stumble into the road with no warning whatsoever – yes, it actually does happen and not just in movies.
  • Never assume that pedestrians will see your car and move out of the street. As obvious as you may think it is, they could be impaired in some way – either mentally or physically – which could limit their ability to remove themselves from the threat of potential danger.
  • Be cautious when overtaking other vehicles. Believe it or not, the car in front of you might have stopped for a valid reason, such as to allow children to cross the road.
  • Always look around before accelerating at a yield sign. Often we do a quick look to check for oncoming traffic when approaching a yield sign and then drive off before we have even returned our vision to the front of the car. How often do we look out for pedestrians crossing the road? It is important to keep in mind that pedestrians might have moved in front of you while you were not looking, so do a full check.
  • Do not exceed the speed limit. If you are driving over the speed limit, you might not have enough time to react. Slow down and drive with caution.
  • Drive slowly when approaching a school. Kids aren’t as familiar with road rules as we think, especially when it comes to walking in the roads and crossing the street. Proceed with caution - . driving within the speed limit will also help you stop safely if necessary.
  • Watch out for taxi commuters. If a taxi stops in front of you to pick up or offload passengers, be very careful. People who have just exited the taxi may just decide to cross the road at the same time that you are trying to pass it. Slow down and exercise caution.

The key to road safety for all road users is to remain vigilant, being considerate to each other and obeying the rules of the road.

At MiWay, we understand that life happens and you can’t control what the other road users are thinking – even though we wish we could! Accidents happen so quickly, and you’ll be very glad you invested in having comprehensive car insurance.