Look for Pedestrians in The Dark
During the winter season, the days are shorter and the nights are longer. This means that many people commuting home from work do so only after the sun has set. Driving at night can be a challenge for all drivers.
Here are some tips to help you become a safe nighttime driver:
- Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Safety is a shared responsibility.
- Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as at nighttime or in bad weather.
- Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or approaching a crosswalk.
- Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and stop far enough back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to stop safely as well.
- Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be pedestrians crossing that you can’t see.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Follow the speed limit, especially in areas where there are people on the street.
- Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where there are children present.
- Be extra cautious when backing up your vehicle – pedestrians can suddenly move into your path.
- Check all intersections carefully, watching for pedestrians.
- Increase the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. This allows for extra time and space if you need to suddenly react to a situation.
- Don’t drive if you are feeling drowsy.
- Focus on the road. Always leave your phone or any other hand-held electronic device alone while you’re driving.
Walking is a healthy way to get around, but unfortunately, pedestrian injuries are all too common. Poor weather conditions, reckless driving, and unsafe road conditions can all lead to accidents that injure pedestrians.
Mazin & Associates, PC, Personal Injury Lawyers handles personal injury claims ranging from car accidents, to slips and falls, and brain injury claims. To arrange a free consultation with one of our car accident lawyers, call (416) 625-2122 or visit our website.