Safety Tips for Drivers
Be Alert: Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists at all times:
- Scan the road and the sides of the road ahead for potential pedestrians or bicyclists.
- Before making a turn, look in all directions for pedestrians crossing or bicyclists coming up the road.
- Do not drive distracted or after consuming alcohol or other drugs.
- Do not use your cell phone while driving.
- Look carefully behind your vehicle for approaching pedestrians, especially small children, before backing-up.
- For maximum visibility, keep your windshield clean and headlights on.
Be Responsible: Yield to pedestrians at crossings and give bicyclists room:
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked.
- Yield to pedestrians when making right or left turns at intersections.
- Do not block or park in crosswalks.
- Allow time for bicyclists to traverse intersections.
- Treat bicyclists like slow moving cars: do not tailgate them and wait until traffic conditions allow you to pass safely.
- Slow down when passing bicyclists and give them three feet of space when passing.
- Check over your shoulder after passing a bicyclist before moving back into the lane.
Be Patient: Drive the speed limit and avoid aggressive maneuvers:
- Never pass/overtake a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.
- Obey speed limits and come to a complete stop at STOP signs.
- Use extra caution when driving near children playing along the street or older pedestrians who may not see or hear you.
- Always be prepared to stop for pedestrians.
- Don't blast your horn in proximity to bicyclists.
- Children and novice riders can be unpredictable; expect the unexpected.