Warmer weather has finally arrived and with that comes a greater number and variety of people and vehicles competing for space on the roadways. Your safety depends on maintaining a constant awareness of everything going on around you while on the road.
Trucks and automobiles. Trucks and buses have large blind spots, however all vehicles have blind spots that you should be aware of. Allow at least three feet of clearance to others who are sharing the road, fasten seat belts, and drive defensively. Unfortunately, some people still need to be reminded to “Hang up and Drive!”
Motorcycles and bicycles. Make yourself visible! You have the same rights and responsibilities when sharing the road, and must obey the same traffic laws as trucks and automobiles. Wear helmets, ride in a single file or staggered line, use turn signals, and always be predictable. Look out for debris, potholes, and road hazards. Keep equipment in good working order. Above all, “Ride To Survive!”
Runners and walkers. Wear high visibility (hi-vis) clothing / gear that makes you visible! If possible, stay on walkways / paths, face oncoming traffic, and always carry a form of identification. For more safety tips check out Runnersworld.com
Farm equipment. In rural areas, you should expect to encounter farm equipment and other slow moving vehicles on the road. Patience is the best way to avoid collisions. Slow down to pass!
Construction zones. Consider taking an alternate route to avoid construction zones. Be on high alert – work zones are inherently unsafe. Slow down and allow others to merge, follow signs and flaggers, and look out for workers and equipment.
Kids at play. Expect the unexpected. Always anticipate that a child might run out between parked cars. The death rate for pedestrians in a 30 MPH zone is three times that for 25 MPH zones. Slow Down!
A safe driver is not necessarily someone who has been lucky enough to avoid accidents, but safe drivers are courteous and defensive, looking out for others, avoiding distractions, and are always on alert to anticipate and respond to potential traffic situations. Safe drivers share the road so that they do not become part of, or contribute to, a preventable accident. Be a courteous and defensive driver. Share the Road!