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Avoiding Pedestrians

Many road fatalities are caused by accidents wherein pedestrians are involved. Many of these fatalities may be prevented through the application of some basic principles. The following safety hints should be applied:

  • Be aware that many informal settlements are situated alongside main roads and that there are no formal points of crossing or pedestrian bridges.
  • Do not speed near these settlements but be prepared to slow down.
  • Do not assume that you have been seen.
  • Be on the lookout for small children
  • Avoid passing vehicles in the vicinity of these settlements and especially in hazardous driving conditions such as heavy rain or night driving.
  • If visibility is bad, slow down - avoid driving when your vision is impaired either by strong rain or the blinding headlights of approaching vehicles.
  • Be on the lookout for pedestrians walking at the side of the road with their backs towards you.
  • Be aware of intoxicated pedestrians – especially over weekends and near informal settlements.
  • Be careful near places where busses or taxi’s appear to stand next to the road – passengers might suddenly decide to cross the road!
  • Always be ready for the unexpected!

Things to remember as a driver:

  • You can encounter pedestrians anytime and anywhere - even in places where they are not supposed to be found.
  • Pedestrians can be very hard to see - especially in bad weather or at night. You must keep a lookout and slow down if you can't see clearly.
  • Stop for pedestrians who are in a crosswalk, even if it is not marked. When you stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, stop well back so that drivers in the other lanes can also see the pedestrian in time to stop.
  • Cars stopped in the street may be stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross. Do not pass if there is any doubt!
  • Don't assume that pedestrians see you or that they will act predictably. They may be physically or mentally impaired - or drunk!
  • When you are turning, you often will have to wait for a "gap" in traffic. Beware that while you are watching for that "gap", pedestrians may have moved into your intended path. Don't run someone down.
  • Be especially attentive around schools and in neighbourhoods where children are active. Drive there like you would like people to drive in front of your own home!

Also View:

Pedestrian Safety Manual

Running / Jogging and Road Safety

Walking in Traffic

Pedestrian Safety Advice

Road Safety & Pedestrian distractions while walking in traffic

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