Best Pedestrian Safety Practices for Drivers
Spending so much time behind the wheel gives us drivers great amounts of practice time. It helps to sharpen our skills with defensive driving and we become better and better each time our feet touch the pedals. But, so much time behind the wheel often leads to us forgetting that we’re not the only ones on the road. Motorcycles, oversized vehicles, and cyclists are all important to look out for when commuting anywhere. And, while they may not be using a vehicle, pedestrians are absolutely important to look out for on the road.
To keep your mind fresh and focused, Toyota of Clermont is here with an easy guide on pedestrian safety. Check it out and stay safe!
Essential Tips to Ensure Pedestrian Safety
Always Be Aware
This tip should apply anytime you’re behind the wheel of your Clermont Toyota vehicle, but especially if you’re traveling in an area where there are a lot of pedestrians. Pay attention to everything in front and around you. When driving in high foot traffic areas, like parking lots and city streets, you should constantly be checking your mirrors, your left and right sides, and your front view. Pedestrian safety can easily be compromised due to an unexpected crossing or unaware driver.
When you’re speeding behind the wheel, you have less time to react and that can make all the difference when it comes to Clermont pedestrian safety. Our advice is to drive the speed limit or a bit slower when in high foot traffic areas. You never know if you’ll need to bring yourself to a quick stop in the event that someone crossed the street unexpectedly.
Obey Crosswalks and Don’t Run Lights
Crosswalks are the made to be the safest points for pedestrian safety and crossings. Often times there are posted yield, stop, and pedestrian crossing signs that accompany crosswalks along with a traffic light. Always obey the posted signs and yield to the crosswalk. When coming to a stop, make sure your Clermont Toyota vehicle doesn’t rest in the bounds of the crosswalk. This can make it difficult for pedestrians to cross and poses a safety hazard. Come to a complete stop before the crosswalk and wait until any and all pedestrians complete their crossing before proceeding. This also goes for right turns!
When Driving at Night, Be Extra Careful
It’s difficult enough to ensure pedestrian safety when driving during the day and driving at night only makes this worse. Make sure to have your headlights on when driving at night and be extra watchful and aware of your surroundings. Do not use your high beam lights when driving through pedestrian areas and drive slowly to give yourself plenty of time to react in the event that someone decides to cross the road unexpectedly.
There are so many ways and things you can do to ensure pedestrian safety. Make sure to follow these tips and research more to make sure everyone arrives to their destination alive and unharmed. If you need additional tips, feel free to reach out to us at Toyota of Clermont. You can find us at 16851 State Road 50 or give us a call at (352) 404 – 7000 for more information!