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Whether you are driving for business or pleasure, pedestrians rule at all times: Drivers – look out for pedestrians everywhere. Pedestrians – look out for cars everywhere.

When you are walking:

  • Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
  • Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
  • Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible. This is where drivers expect pedestrians.
  • Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
  • If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows you enough time to cross safely, and continue to watch for traffic as you cross.
  • Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach you to make sure you are seen.
  • Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective materials, or use a flashlight, at night.
  • Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.

When you are driving:

  • Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or in bad weather.
  • Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.
  • Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where there are children present.
  • Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see.
  • Be extra cautious when backing up – pedestrians can move into your path.
  • Be alert! Parking lots, garages, service islands, crosswalks and driveways are all potential areas for pedestrians.

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Originally posted on Women Presidents' Organization by Women Presidents' Organization.


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