Share the Road- Pedestrian and Cyclist Death Rates Are Rising
Share the Road
When the weather warms up pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists are on the road more frequently. Since we do not usually see them, it can be easy to not expect them or watch for them, which in turn can lead to an accident. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind as you drive:
-Pedestrians and cyclists do not always ride or walk on the sections of the road intended for them, so do not always assume that they will be in a certain area or lane.
-Never pass a vehicle stopped in the street. The vehicle may be stopped to let a pedestrian walk and by passing the vehicle you run the chance of hitting the pedestrian.
-As a pedestrian or cyclist we are often told to assume that cars do not see you or expect you, this same rule applies to drivers. Do not assume that pedestrians or cyclists see you.
-Do not drive distracted. Distractions impair your thinking and driving abilities. When you are distracted it can be very easy to miss the pedestrian crossing the road or the motorcyclist changing lanes. Prevent an accident and potentially a death by focusing on the road.
-Always allow more distance between you and a motorcyclist or bicyclist. It can be hard to judge speed and distance between you and the cyclist.
-Remember that road conditions may not affect you as much as they affect cyclists. Keep this in mind while following them.
Motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians all have the same rights and privileges on the road as you, so remember to “Share the Road.”
For more information and safety tips check out http://www.nhtsa.gov/.