Be alert especially in residential areas and school zones. However, you can encounter pedestrians anytime and anywhere – even in places they should not be found.
Keep a look out and slow down if you can’t see clearly. Pedestrians can be very hard to see, especially in bad weather or at night.
Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Stop well behind the crosswalk so cars in other lanes have time to see the pedestrian and also stop.
Stop for pedestrians already crossing the street, even if there is no crosswalk. Although pedestrians must yield to traffic if they’re not in a crosswalk, sometimes they do not – if they’re in the midst of crossing, stop for them. Drivers must make every possible effort to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
Do not automatically pass cars stopped in the middle of the street. If a car is stopped in the middle of the street, it could be to let a pedestrian cross. Make sure there are no pedestrians before you pass.
Don’t assume pedestrians see you or that they will act predictably. They could be physically or mentally impaired – or even drunk.
When making a turn wait to see if a pedestrian has crossed into your path. Many times drivers must wait for a gap in traffic in order to turn, make sure no pedestrians have wandered into your path before turning.