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What can you do to drive safely around pedestrians?

There are all kinds of statistics about pedestrian accidents that result in severe injuries or death. Often, the focus is on how pedestrians can be more vigilant to stay safer while walking near moving vehicles. However, can you be more aware of pedestrians and help protect them by being a better driver? Fortunately, there are things you can do when you are behind the wheel to be more responsible when you are in areas of California that have a higher volume of pedestrians. 

According to AAA Exchange, crosswalks are an area where you should be paying extra attention. When you are coming up on a crosswalk, scan your eyes quickly to look for pedestrians. Even if you do not see anyone immediately, reduce your speed in case you need to stop suddenly. If you are behind another vehicle in the crosswalk, never drive around them in case there are people crossing the street. Likewise, if you are the first person in a line of cars, make sure there is enough room between your car and the crosswalk so other drivers can see the people in the crosswalk. 

When you are out driving, always stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Some of the best ways to do this is to avoid distracting behaviors, follow the posted speed limit and be extra cautious when the weather is creating visibility problems. Under no circumstances should you ever drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which can impair your ability to make responsible decisions.  

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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