Road Safety Tips

Tips for Drivers

Drivers are reminded to turn on vehicle headlights at dusk and be vigilant in looking out for cyclists and pedestrians. Additionally, drivers should:

·         Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.

·         Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.

·         Yield to pedestrians and cyclists when turning.

·         Look before opening your door.

·         Be careful when passing stopped vehicles.

·         Allow at least three feet when passing bicyclists.

Tips for Cyclists

When travelling on town roadways, cyclists should follow the same rules of the road as motorized vehicles. This means stopping at stop signs; obeying traffic signals and lane markings; and using hand signals to let others know your intention to stop or turn.  Furthermore, cyclists are advised to be aware of their surroundings:

·         Don’t wear headphones; you need to be able to hear if a car is approaching.

·         Slow down and check for oncoming traffic before entering any street or intersection

·         Do your best to anticipate hazards and adjust your position in traffic accordingly.

·         Be predictable: ride with the flow of traffic, on the right, and in a straight line – not in and out of parked cars on the side of the street.

·         Be visible and wear the proper protective gear such as helmets.

·         Make eye contact with motorists to let them know you are there (but don’t always expect them to see you).

·         Stay visible by riding where drivers are looking (i.e., do not pass on the right).

Tips for Walkers and Runners

Whether you are going for an afternoon stroll, commuting to work on foot, or enjoying some exercise, walking and running are great activities. However, it’s importing to pay attention to your surroundings. When walking or exercising, especially in the early morning or at dusk or dark, pedestrians should keep the following tips in mind:

·         Use signaled crosswalks when possible. Use extreme caution when crossing at intersections without signals.

·         Look both ways before crossing the street.

·         Never run between cars into the street.

·         Wear clothing with vibrant colors to allow drivers and people to see you.

·         Exercising outdoors at dusk or at night can be dangerous without some type of reflective device on your clothing. Many athletic shoes have reflective qualities built in, but also consider a vest complete with reflective tape.

·         Runners are also reminded to ALWAYS carry identification with them when they go out. If carrying a license seems too inconvenient, please consider purchasing an identification bracelet or tag for your shoe.