As the days get darker, both drivers and pedestrians are at increased risk for collisions and injuries.
According to ICBC, almost half of all vehicle collisions involving pedestrians happen in just four months of the year, from October to January. And, of all the crashes that involve pedestrians, 80 per cent of those take place in intersections.
As we enter these next few months when collisions are more likely to occur, let’s all do our part – whether we’re driving or walking – to prevent injuries and deaths.
Read the following tips below for drivers and pedestrians, as per the government of B.C. website.
- Stay alert. Don’t be distracted by activities that take your mind off driving or your eyes off the road. Watch carefully for pedestrians when approaching any crosswalk or intersection.
- Ensure all pedestrians have cleared the road before proceeding.
- Take special care to watch for pedestrians or other vulnerable road users when making a left-hand turn.
- Watch especially carefully for the elderly or mobility-challenged. Recognize it may take them longer than average to complete a safe crossing.
- Make eye contact with the driver; you should assume the other road user cannot see you.
- Enhance your visibility, especially after dark. Wear light-coloured or fluorescent clothing, or attach a light or a reflective strip to your clothing.
- Stay alert. Be aware of your surroundings and put away headphones/your phone as you walk.
- Watch out for drivers turning into an intersection from left and right. Try to make eye contact with all nearby drivers before stepping out onto the street.
- Don’t assume a crosswalk or a green light at an intersection makes you safe. Ensure drivers see you before you step out from the curb.
- Especially if you know you may be slower in crossing a road, give yourself the most time to cross by waiting for a newly turned green or walk signal.
- Look left, right and left again before crossing the street, and be on the lookout for turning or backing vehicles.
- Keep scanning for vehicles as you cross.
- Hold your hand up or do whatever it takes to make yourself more visible to drivers.