Street Smart
Holloway Hall

Tips for Drivers

  • 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.

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