Whether you’re the one walking or you’re the one driving, pedestrian safety should be a priority for you. This is especially true when you’re in the city or in a school zone. Our experts at Toyota of Orlando want to make sure you stay safe while walking or driving. We’ve picked out the top tips on what to do when you’re driving in an area with a lot of pedestrians, and what to be aware of when you ARE the pedestrian.
Stay safe while driving in Orlando
Know your surroundings
When you’re driving in Orlando, you need to make sure you’re aware of your surroundings. That means you’re paying attention to things like road signs, other drivers, traffic flow, and more! Making sure you are following safe driving habits like following the speed limit in school zones increases the overall level of pedestrian safety in the area.
Don’t drive while distracted
We get it. Sometimes you’re in a rush and forgot to put on your makeup or grab breakfast, so you’re doing it on the road. That’s extremely dangerous on its own but even worse in areas of Orlando that have a lot of foot traffic. You may feel safe in your car, but they have no safety features to protect them while walking. Orlando is ranked as one of the most dangerous cities for pedestrians, so don’t add to that statistic! Be sure to avoid distracted driving at all costs.
Pedestrian safety tips from Toyota
Don’t get distracted
Just like it’s unsafe for a driver to get distracted when they’re behind the wheel, you shouldn’t be distracted when walking. It’s important to keep your senses sharp and be aware of your surroundings to ensure your own pedestrian safety. Here are some suggestions we have to avoid distracted walking:
- Don’t text while walking
- If you’re listening to music with earphones, keep the volume low
- Always double check for oncoming traffic when crossing the street
Don’t rely on just the rules of the crosswalk
Though it’s important that you utilize crosswalks when walking across streets, they aren’t completely foolproof in terms of pedestrian safety. Even though a crosswalk sign might signal that it’s time to cross, you always need to check for oncoming traffic that could potentially get in your path. Here are some things to look out for when using a crosswalk:
- Be careful of turning cars – Just because cars that are going straight are stopped, cars that are making a turn don’t have a red light
- What to do when a car blocks the crosswalk – We recommend waiting until that car can move back or leaves. It might cause your commute to be longer, but you’ll be safer when you have the entire crosswalk free of cars.
Do you need more pedestrian safety tips to use in Orlando? Visit our website! You can also give the experts at Toyota of Orlando a call for more advice. Our phone number is (407) 298-4500.