Tips for People Who Drive
To get from COMPETE streets to COMPLETE streets, half of the equation is attitude!
Let’s get a couple things out of the way first:
You are also a pedestrian. Yes you are one of “them” at some point, we all are. And many of the bicyclists you see may also own a car. The whole US vs. THEM is an illusion that is brought about based on what we are doing at that very moment. Every driver wants nothing but green lights, a clear lane and the ability to go as fast as they want. But you also know life is full of compromises because at some point, you are not going to be the driver, you are going to be thing thing in the driver’s way. So let’s dispense with the US vs. THEM mentality for a moment and state the obvious:
- Everyone, motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians alike, do stupid stuff on the road and stupid stuff is what gets people killed
- Motorists do not get killed by people who are walking or bicycling
Fair or unfair it does not matter – you are the person with the license, registration and insurance. Seem unfair and wonder why is the onus on you? Because you are the one driving a two ton machine that is responsible for the death of about 38,000 people on our nation’s roads each year. And about 6,000 of those are pedestrians or bicyclists struck by a motor vehicle. Even if a pedestrian or bicyclist is a fault in a crash, do you really want to be the one who ends their life? Didn’t think so, below are a few tips that may help avoid that happening.
Don’t believe us? See what the Secretary of State has to say in “What Every Driver Must Know.” Check out pages 64 – 66. Matter of fact, let’s face facts, it has been a long time since you were in drivers ed – probably worth taking a look at the whole thing. You don’t remember as much as you think you do.