Everyone is a pedestrian, both car owners and non- car owners. Being a car owner doesn’t mean you’re no longer a pedestrian, at some point you get out of your car to pick up something from the super market or you chose not to drive but walk. The moment you’re found walking by the road side you’re being counted as a pedestrian even though you have 3 cars parked at home. So here are things you need to know as a pedestrian.
Do not back traffic– lots of people do not know they aren’t supposed to do that, you’re supposed to face the oncoming traffic.
Use the footpath– If there is a footpath along the side of a road you must use it, if there are none you must walk as near as possible towards the end of the road facing the oncoming traffic (don’t ever forget that).
The use of footpaths is essential
Walking at night– Visibility on roads is often poor at night. Always ensure to wear reflective clothing and walk where you can be seen by all when walking at night, Some street have no street light and have lots of cyclist and motorist whose head lamps are bad, they assume there is no one on the road because they saw no one and always carry a torch when walking at night.
Crossing the road- Seems easy but some had died in the process due to not paying attention before crossing.
• Unplug your earphones and put away your phone, never take calls while crossing the road.
• Never assume that an approaching vehicle can will stop for you or slow down once you’re in the middle of the road so I will just walk like a model and the driver on the other end is thinking you will run and cross and at the end you the pedestrian not the driver is laying on the road. Who’s fault?
Cross only when the road is safe
Use the traffic light on roads that has one and look left and right before crossing on roads that has none. Quickly walk across the road when it is clear and even while crossing continue to watch the traffic coming.
This is the best time to cross
Do not walk or stand behind a reversing vehicle– Some of this drivers are either distracted or not focused they don’t look behind they just move and unfortunate hit someone who thinks the driver is actually paying attention while reversing. N/B always watch out for parked vehicles. Parking lots can be as dangerous as streets.
Do not play on the road– It is unwise, no matter how familiar you are with the road it is wrong, at that point a motorist who is also familiar with the road not having youths playing on the road might be speeding.
DO NOT CROSS AT ROAD BENDS– as your visual field is limited in this part of the road. You cannot see incoming vehicles, and drivers cannot see you.
WALK IN A SINGLE FILE – if you are walking in group
Emergency vehicles– Stay out of the way if an ambulance, fire engine, police or any other emergency vehicle approaches using flashing blue lights, headlights and/or sirens, such vehicles are always speeding so you must do yourself a favor to stay out of their way.
Get on or off a bus only when it has stopped to let you get down. Watch out for cyclists when you are getting off. Never cross the road directly behind or in front of a bus. Wait until it has moved off and you can see the road clearly in both directions.