Fall weather is here, and people are taking in the stunning views Ontario offers during this season. This means there’s an increase in pedestrians, which is why we’ve outlined vital safety tips you need to read.
We all know how important it is to pay attention while driving, but, we must remember that cars aren’t the only thing we need to look for. Sadly, in Canada, pedestrian fatalities are increasing yearly, as outlined in a CBC Online.
Since fall weather brings additional pedestrians out, it is vital we are aware of this so we can ensure their safety. Also, if you're like us and thoroughly enjoy the beauty Ontario has to offer during the fall season, we highly recommend you check out these stunning fall drives.
3 Ways to Keep Pedestrian Safety at the Forefront
#1 Increased Awareness |
Awareness at all times and in all locations is the key to everyone’s safety. Did you know…according to Statista, "In 2018, more than 330 pedestrians were killed in road traffic collisions in Canada."
It is imperative as a driver you stay alert and pay attention to any cues you receive from other drivers that may let you know pedestrians are around.
Remember, “As of Jan. 1, 2020, a new law in Ontario indicates drivers and cyclists must now stop and yield the whole pedestrian crossover until the person is completely off the roadway. This rule also applies at school crossings where there is a crossing guard holding a stop sign. However, the new law does not apply at crosswalks, unless a school crossing guard is present.” (Source: GlobalNewsOnline)
#2 Distracted Driving |
Distracted driving kills and you need to inform yourself as to what exactly is included within the laws. With the fall season comes new hazards and obstacles for drivers, including pedestrians. It’s difficult to adjust to these changes, so it’s important you don’t add another obstacle while driving.
The avoidable and unnecessary distraction of texting and driving needs to end altogether. Keep your phone out of reach to minimize the temptation of using it while on the road. The only way to ensure everyone’s safety is to take action to minimize distractions, stay alert, aware, and focused.
#3 Seasonal Darkness |
The fall season brings shorter days resulting in more darkness earlier, which ultimately impacts driving, making it more of a challenge. It’s much more difficult to keep pedestrian safety in mind when you are hardly able to see them. So, if possible, do your best to minimize your time on the road in the dark.