Sharing the Road
With Spring here, more and more people are going to be on the road. They’ll be out as motorcyclists, bikers, walkers, joggers, and so on. There will be no shortage of people on the road. We are here to remind you to share the road with others and provide some tips for staying in your lane and staying safe.
Cars, Trucks, and Other Vehicles
While this is the most common, and it may seem obvious, sharing the road begins with being considerate of other drivers around you. This means being aware of other vehicles as they alter their speed, change lanes, or slow down to turn. Being attentive, courteous, and distraction free keeps you and everyone around you safe when driving.
Even though a motorcycle is technically considered an automobile, we put them in their own category because of the unique challenges they present to other drivers on the road. Motorcycles are typically harder to see, less protective in an accident, and more difficult to control during inclement weather. Sharing the road with motorcyclists means you should always double – or even triple – check your blind spot before changing lanes. It is also important to keep a safe distance when you’re following the motorist.
Believe it or not, bicyclists are also considered road vehicles. They are required to obey traffic laws. Drivers have a responsibility to keep everyone on the road safe. The biggest safety tip for sharing a road with someone on a bicycle is to be considerate. Allow them extra time to cross the street and be sure to give them plenty of space when passing. It is also important to yield to them when they have the right-of-way.
At some point, it is likely that you have been a pedestrian walking on the street. You may have experienced fear resulting from a bad or aggressive driver. As a driver, like we’ve mentioned before, it is your job to be aware of your surroundings and be courteous when driving. Being proactive on the road can help keep you and everyone around you safe on the road. So, slow down near crosswalks, school zones, and in neighborhoods. Be alert to yield to pedestrians and be patient.
Americans spend roughly 300 hours driving each year. That means there are more than 17,600 minutes that you need to be alert behind the wheel. The most important things to remember are to be alert and be considerate. You won’t be able to prevent every accident, but you can do your part to keep people safe.