What You Can Do as a Driver and Pedestrian to Improve Pedestrian Safety

Posted on by Defensive Driving Team | in Defensive Driving Tips

Walking is a great way to get from one place to another. You can burn some calories, enjoy the fresh air, and even save some money on gas. However, the safety of pedestrians is a serious concern. According to the FiA Foundation, thousands of innocent people are getting killed every day by simply choosing to walk to their destination. Many of these people are children on their way to school. While these accidents are often the fault of the drivers, sometimes the pedestrians are to blame as well.

What can I do as a driver to keep pedestrians safe?

First and foremost, you can drive defensively. Have both hands on the wheel and always keep your eyes on the road. Pedestrians can easily appear when you least expect them to, and you need to be able to respond quickly. When something distracts you, like a cell phone or the radio, your car probably swerves a little bit. While this little swerve is oftentimes no big deal, it can prove detrimental if there is a pedestrian in your midst.

Second, you should ALWAYS stop behind the white line at a crosswalk. It can be especially tempting to simply slow down when making a right-hand turn, but there may be a pedestrian that you cannot see because of the car next to you. For more tips on how to drive defensively to avoid pedestrians, check out our defensive driving course.

What if I am the pedestrian?

If you are the one doing your part to save the planet by choosing to walk to your destination, good for you! However, there are still rules of the road that you need to follow. Always use sidewalks and crosswalks when they are available. This may seem obvious, but you wouldn’t believe how many people walk on the road when there is a sidewalk right next to them. It is called a sidewalk for a reason, walk on it.

When using a crosswalk, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration adds that you should continually check for traffic around you as you cross. Do not assume that every car will stop for you. Make contact with each car’s driver before you proceed to walk in front of them.

If you are walking in the dark, wear light-colored clothing with reflectors. If you do not have any reflective clothing, always carry a flashlight with you so that drivers can see you.

|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 85207 ratings and reviews.

Sheron United States
Easy and Awesome
Daniel TX, United States
It's very simple signing up.
Kelsey
It’s quick, easy to navigate, and convenient.
Jill TX, United States
Easy to navigate website
Samuel
Easy to use and pay!
Mary
Easy sign up
Breanna TX, United States
Great experience
Sergio
Fast and easy!
Dennis
quick and easy
Israel
Fast and easy
Daniel TX, United States
great Experience
Travis TX, United States
Selected this program because of the great feedback from other users
Erin United States
Fast and easy!
Kermit
Exemplary
Teresa
Very easy to register
Makayla
Fast and easy to get around
Robert
Quick and easy!
Debra
quick and easy
Andrew
Fast and easy
leslee
easy and simple to use
Nehemiah
It was easy to complete
Uriel
Great course, really easy
barker
easy, simple good value, download cert. get er done in one day, then have great customer service
BLANCA
EASY AND QUICK, I LOVE THAT
Lorenza
Registration was easy.
Parker
Great!
Kamal
The whole process has been very fluid and straightforward, I've had no trouble with anything so far.
Nathan
Easy to access and understand
April
Great!
Erik
easy transaction
Hiram United States
Easy to use
Lena TX, United States
Everything was great
Melissa TX, United States
It has been very informative and easy to use. Love how they put facts about Texas roadways up.
Dakota
Easy to use
Jose
Easy to navigate
Catherine
Easy clear instructions
Spring
Fast and easy
Annette
Easy enrollment
David
Very convenient and easy to do
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course