Between cars, motorcycles, bikes, walkers, joggers and more, there’s no shortage of vehicles and pedestrians on the street. As we wrap up our “Spring Safety Series,” our team at Caliber Collision is here to remind you to share the road with others and provide some tips for staying in your lane and staying safe. On your next commute to work, school or even trip down the road, keep these safety suggestions riding shotgun.
Cars, Trucks and Other Automobiles
While it may seem obvious, sharing the road starts with being considerate of the other drivers around you. This means being aware of other cars as they change speeds, shift lanes or prepare to make turns. Being attentive, courteous and free from distractions keeps you, and all the other vehicles around you, safe when driving alongside one another.
While motorcycles are technically automobiles, they fall into their own category because of the unique challenges they present to other drivers around them. Motorcycles are harder to see, less protective in an accident and more difficult to control in inclement weather. Sharing the road with these two-wheelers requires you to check your blind spot twice—maybe three times—before changing lanes, and also keep a safe distance between you and the motorist.
You may not believe it, but bicyclists are considered road vehicles just as much as cars. And, while they are required to obey traffic laws, there are definitely responsibilities drivers have to keep everyone on the road safe. The biggest safety tip when sharing the road is to be considerate. Allow extra time for cyclists to cross the street, give them plenty of space when passing and yield to them when they have right-of-way.
It’s likely that at one point or another you’ve been a pedestrian walking on the street and experienced the fear resulting from a bad driver. As a driver, it is your role and responsibility to watch for pedestrians and drive courteously. Being proactive on the road can make the difference between safe driving and a collision, so always slow down near crosswalks, school zones and neighborhoods. Be alert, yield to pedestrians and be patient in all situations.
Americans spend close to 300 hours driving each year, and that means there are more than 17,600 minutes that you need to be on guard and alert behind the wheel. No matter who else is on the road, simply being aware and considerate can make miles of difference. And, if an accident does occur, your team at Caliber Collision is here and ready to fulfill our purpose—Restoring the Rhythm of Your Life.®