Pedestrian Safety Info & Tips
Did you know…
…according to ICBC, distraction, failure to yield the right of way and weather are the top three contributing factors in crashes involving pedestrians.
…ICBC stats show that in B.C., on average, 58 pedestrians are killed and 2,400 injured in crashes every year.
…according to the group Community Against Preventable Injuries, not following traffic signals accounts for nearly 42 per cent of pedestrian injuries. Just like distracted driving, if you’re texting and walking (wexting) you aren’t paying attention to the road.
The good news is, by following our tips you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming one of these statistics.
Tips for Pedestrians:
- Dress to be seen. Wear light or bright colored clothing and wear reflective material to increase your visibility to drivers.
- Take extra precautions. Even if you have the right of way, take a moment to look both ways before you step off the curb.
- Follow the rules. Use marked crosswalks and follow pedestrian traffic signs and signals.
- Be predictable. Avoid jaywalking or sudden, unexpected dashes into the street.
- Pay attention to your surroundings. Avoid pulling your hood down to cover your face, playing with your mobile device, listening to loud music, talking on the phone or texting.
- Face traffic. Where there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
- Make eye contact. Even if you are at a marked crosswalk or intersection, you can’t be sure a driver has seen you unless you make eye contact.
Tips for Drivers:
- Slow down. Posted speed limits are for ideal weather and driving conditions. It’s important to adjust your speed downwards for less ideal conditions like wet or slippery pavement and weather conditions like fog, heavy rain or even bright sunshine.
- Keep your mind on the road. Driving is a complex task and it requires the undivided attention of the driver. Conversations with passengers, tending to children or pets, eating and grooming are all activities that pull your focus from the road and increase your risk of being involved in a crash.
- Share the road. As the weather warms up, there will be more cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians on the road.
- Maintain your vehicle. A well-maintained vehicle is a safer vehicle. Check your brakes and tire tread regularly and keep tires properly inflated. Keep your wipers in good condition and top up your windshield fluid. Make sure your windows are clean and free of grime, cracks or debris that could block your line of sight. It’s also a good idea to check that your headlights, taillights and indicator lights are clean and in working order.
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