In light of recent events in the Victoria Community, we have compiled this article of safety measures that all though very simple, can be the difference in a life.
The tips for safely driving in the dark are simple and cane be life saving – stay alert and follow traffic rules.
As a driver, the first step in staying alert is to have a clear view. Keep your windshield and headlights clean. Look beyond your headlights for shadows that signal movement ahead. Take the time to notice which areas along your normal driving routes have a high volume of pedestrians.
These areas can be around popular shopping centers, bus stops, parks or schools. And during late night hours, be on the look out for impaired individuals trying to walk home who could unexpectedly stumble into the street.
Drive at slower speeds when visibility is decreased – in the dark, rain or fog. Driving at a slower speed will give you more time to react to pedestrians, cyclists or other cars.
Pedestrians can increase visibility with drivers by wearing bright or reflective clothing that can easily be seen in the dark. Carry a flashlight to see what is ahead and let drivers know that you’re on a nearby sidewalk. Place a reflector or blinking light on your wrists or feet – motion makes them easier for drivers to see.
Look both ways before crossing the street, even if you’re using a crosswalk. Don’t assume that a driver will stop or yield for you. Wait to see brake lights or another indication that a vehicle is slowing or stopping before you begin crossing the street.
If you are walking with a small child, hold her hand when you are near the road or crossing the street.
Always use the crosswalk, especially when attempting to cross a busy intersection, and allow enough time to fully cross the street before the stoplight changes.
Together, drivers and pedestrians can keep our roads safe by following traffic rules and being aware.