Pedestrian accidents are preventable but are a common occurrence. It is a duty of both driver and pedestrians to be aware of their responsibilities. On average, nearly 400 people rush to hospitals in road related accidents each day. Here is a list of few steps both drivers and pedestrians should follow in order to maintain road safety and to avoid road accident.
Tips for Drivers
Don’t Use phone while Driving:
Drivers using mobile for texting, making calls, changing music or using navigation apps lack concentration on the road and they may hit someone on road. So, whenever you need to use phone, stop your car somewhere on the side and then use it.This will minimize the chance of any road accident.
Drivers should strictly follow traffic rules and signals.
Look to your left and right, and proceed slowly when moving back out of driveways and parking spaces.
When approaching crosswalks, market areas, intersections, school zones, hospital zones or any area where pedestrians might be present.
Keep all mirrors and windshield clean:
Make sure all mirrors i.e Rearview, side mirrors and Windshields are in working conditions and there in not fog or dirt on them. Adjust position of each mirror according to your view.
Slow down to avoid road accident:
especially when approaching crosswalks, intersections, school zones or any area where pedestrians might be present.
Make sure to turn on lights when it’s dark or near to dark.
Reduce your speed in bad weather conditions:
Roads become slippery during rains and there is less control of vehicle. Take extra time for breaks as sudden breaks may not work or it may lead to car flip over. Avoid sharp turns in such conditions. Turn on windshield wipers during rain.
Use indicators and signals:
Always use indicators while moving left, right or changing lanes. Slow down when proceeding through a crosswalk or intersection, and be aware of pedestrians on the sidewalk.
It is driver’s responsibility to create the right of way for pedestrians. They need to be especially careful at intersections.
It is driver’s responsibility to ensure pedestrians’ safety, give them time and way to cross, slow down when needed, horn when needed, try not to rush when there is a busy road.
Tips for Pedestrians
Don’t Use phone while walking:
People are usually busy in texting, making calls, changing music or using navigation apps while walking on the road side and they are unaware of their surroundings. Eventually this can lead to accidents. So whenever you need to use phone, stop on side and then use it..
Avoid using headphones or using your cell phone, which can prevent you from hearing approaching traffic or may distract you.
Make sure you are visible enough at night and be seen by carrying a flashlight or by wearing retro-reflective clothing that helps to highlight body movements.
Be attentive to stop lights and painted signs:
Walk only when you are given a walking signal and don’t rush to cross the road when lights change. Speeding drivers may not be able to stop vehicles suddenly.
As a pedestrian, it is your responsibility to walk on a sidewalk, but if you need to change your path, walk facing oncoming traffic
Use signals and wait for your turn. Walk when signal is red. Or in some cases there are separate pedestrian signals. Follow those for your safety.
Always stop and look left, right, and left again before crossing. When possible, cross the street by using a crosswalk.
Always read road signs and be alert.
Be predictable and alert when crossing:
look for speeding drivers that may not have enough time to slow down before reaching the red light or stop sign.
Do not walk alone if you are drunk:
Call a taxi, a friend, or a family member to give you a ride or walk with you.
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