Did you know that many drivers are not very safe when it comes to pedestrians? You would think that it is common knowledge that we as drivers need to yield to those on walkways and generally any person on foot on the road. Yet this is not always the case.
According to Ruth Johnson, Secretary of State-Michigan, pedestrians are the most susceptible to injury and even death when it comes to driving. She offers some advice to prevent these avoidable accidents. Suggesting that drivers are always vigilant to those on the road. Making sure that if a car is stopped at a walkway due to pedestrians crossing that you do not under any circumstances pass that person. She also advises drivers to give more than enough space between other cars, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists. These people are most susceptible to injury.
Pedestrian safety is especially advised when it comes to those with limited sight abilities and those assisted by guide dogs. Describing that the use of honking and revving the engine is quite disrespectful. This road rage behavior is very dangerous not only is it distracting but life threatening to our pedestrians.
As well as making sure that we as drivers take the responsibility of driving seriously, we must be aware of what it takes to prevent injury while walking. Devices such as mobile phones, iPods, iPad and everything digital serve as a great distraction. These devices often require more attention than what you may think and reduce how alert you are to the road. Instead of drifting away into our social devices making sure that we look both ways when crossing roadways will ensure that we decrease the possibility of being a victim to a car accident.
While it is not always easy to acknowledge s that accidents occur very often it is an important thing. Making sure we are always attentive to our surroundings, avoiding rude and distracting behavior as well as following all the rules of the road can be detrimental to saving not only one life but many lives. Staying safe out on the road is not optional it is our very responsibility.