Driving through a residential neighborhood should always be something you do with caution, but with the warmer temperatures in the summer, there are more joggers, children, and cyclists on the road. This means drivers need to drive with even more care.
Residential roads are a high risk for collision, which is why there are harsher traffic laws, slower speeds, and more precautions necessary. If you are driving in a residential area this summer, you can use these eight tips to ensure you get to your destination safely.
8 Ways to Prevent Residential Neighborhood Accidents
1. Pedestrians – From those joggers to families taking an evening stroll in the summer, you will want to keep an eye out for pedestrians in residential area. Some joggers tend to share the road with cars, while others will stick to sidewalks. All in all, keep your eyes peeled. When driving early morning, look on the sides of the road for joggers that may be out before the sun comes up as well.
2. Children Playing – In the summer, kids are out of school and are spending more time outside. While most stick to their backyards, there will be kids playing in the streets or even walking to their local park. Children may unexpectedly dart into traffic, so you will want to drive with caution and be on the lookout for any children playing off the side of the road.
3. Look out for Pets – Pets are required by law to be on a leash, but that doesn’t mean a dog will not get loose or a cat will not venture out of their home and into the street. Keep your eyes on the sidewalk and in between cars to make sure a family pet doesn’t run in front of your vehicle.
4. Remember Pedestrians Have the Right of Way – Most residential streets do not have crosswalks; therefore, as the driver, it is your responsibility to look out for any pedestrians crossing the road. Remember that regardless if they run out in front of you, most pedestrians will be considered having the “right of way” which means you could be held at fault for the accident. Drive with caution and always be on the lookout especially at corners.
5. Read the Signage – Traffic signs in residential areas are there for a reason, so be on the lookout for them. If you see signs like “Watch for Children” or “School Bus Stop” they are indicating that you should slow down and drive with extra caution in those.
6. Follow Speed Limits –Pay attention to the maximum speed limit posted. You should not only follow it to avoid a ticket, but if you are in an accident and speeding in a residential area, you may face harsher penalties.
7. Remember Residential Areas Are Not Always Lit Properly -Some residential streets do not have adequate streetlights. During the twilight hours or nighttime, make sure you use your headlights and look out for bicyclists and joggers wearing reflective gear.
8. Stop at Stop Signs – While it may be tempting, never roll through a stop sign. Drivers tend to do a casual stop because they assume there are no police officers around to catch them, but there are still pets, children and pedestrians that can be hit.
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