Pedestrian Safety Tips

Pedestrian Safety Tips

A high number of road fatalities are caused by accidents wherein pedestrians are involved. Many of these fatalities may be prevented through the application of some basic principles

  • Be aware that many informal settlements are situated alongside main roads and that there are no formal points of crossing or pedestrian bridges.
  • Do not speed near these settlements but be prepared to slow down.
  • Do not assume that you have been seen.
  • Be on the lookout for small children
  • Avoid passing vehicles in the vicinity of these settlements and especially in hazardous driving conditions such as heavy rain or night driving.
  • If visibility is bad, slow down – avoid driving when your vision is impaired either by strong rain or the blinding headlights of approaching vehicles.
  • Be on the lookout for pedestrians walking at the side of the road with their backs towards you.
  • Be aware of intoxicated pedestrians – especially over weekends and near informal settlements.
  • Be careful near places where busses or taxi’s appear to stand next to the road – passengers might suddenly decide to cross the road!
  • Always be ready for the unexpected!