5 guidelines to protect your Renault KWID car from pedestrian crashes
Pedestrian crashes are one of those statistics that remain a major concern on our roads. Each year, there are many pedestrian fatalities in South Africa due to bad drivers, recklessness, distraction and intoxication.
Crossing the road has become a grave danger for both pedestrians and drivers. We need to keep in mind that we as drivers are not the only ones that use the roads. People and animals cross it daily, and we must learn to share the road amongst all that use it.
If you’re unsure of how to avoid pedestrian crashes, or simply just want to better your skills on sharing the road and becoming a safer driver, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 5 guidelines that will help you do just that.
5 guidelines to avoid pedestrian crashes
- Look out for zebra crossings
- Slow down in busy areas
- Note taxi & bus stops
- Strive for eye contact
- Give right of way
Learning to effectively share the road starts with mastering one guideline at a time. Let’s look at each guideline in greater detail and see how they can help you prevent pedestrian casualties and accidents.
Look out for zebra crossings
Also known as pedestrian crossings, these marked areas are where pedestrians are meant to safely cross the road. Wherever you see these markings, know that pedestrians have right of way, and you must stop for them.
When you’re driving, scan the road for zebra crossings. Be sure to comply with the rule and slow down to a complete stop at one, even if there are no pedestrians in sight. Remember to look left, look right and look left again before driving off.
Slowdown in busy areas
In busy areas such as towns and business districts, there are often many people walking around and crossing the road.
As soon as you enter one of these areas, slow your Renault KWID car down immediately and keep your eyes peeled for pedestrians. Remember, not all pedestrians use zebra crossings and because of this, we as drivers need to be extra aware.
Stay vigilant and don’t allow any room for distraction.
Note taxi & bus stops
Where there are taxi and bus stops, there are people entering and exiting public modes of transport. What does this mean? Pedestrians in the road.
Pay extra attention and drive very carefully in this case. The unpredictability of taxis makes it difficult to guess their next move, and where they might stop. Rather take it slow and keep an eye out.
Strive for eye contact
The reason so many pedestrian crashes happen is because either the driver or the pedestrian (or both) didn’t see one another.
When you spot a pedestrian waiting to cross the road, strive to make eye contact with them. By making eye contact, they will know that you are there before they attempt to cross the road, allowing less room for error.
Give right of way
Pedestrians have right of way. If something happens and you hit a pedestrian, you will automatically be at fault.
Therefore, it is incredibly important to give right of way and yield to pedestrians every and anytime you spot a pedestrian trying to cross the road. If not, you could end up injuring someone else and paying the expenses of the damages your Renault KWID car incurred.
It’s true, countless people are hurt and killed every day from pedestrian crashes. To stop this from being such a commonplace event pedestrians and drivers need to respect one another and work together.
You can do your part by driving according to these guidelines and using them every time you start your car. The road to creating a better place for drivers and pedestrians is a long, twisty road. However, when pedestrians and drivers work together it becomes a much easier road to travel in your Renault KWID car.
Be safe out there, drive tribe.