Keep in mind that we're not the only one driving at the highway, we have to share with other users that also be concerned about driving laws as well as you: trucks, bicyclists, motorcyclists, moped operators, horseback riders and pedestrians. We give you some how-to guidelines of the road a safe place and minimize risk of accidents.
Some ways to minimize the risk of accidents:
Sharing the road with pedestrians:
- Never drive without a map out destinations if you are driving alone, otherwise consider taking a "co-pilot" in the front-seat.
- The vehicle you are driving, must to be familiar.
- Get acquainted with the car that you are going to drive.
- Under no circumstances get groom during driving.
- All passengers must to be comfortable and properly using seat belts.
- Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Avoid any kind of distraction like eat, drink or the use of an electronic device that inhibit the use of your hands.
- Avoid stressing conversations when you are driving.
- Take a rest if you feel tired.
- Be careful if you are sharing the road with pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles and mopeds, they are small and hard to see.
- Pay extra attention on driveways; always check your vehicle mirrors.
Sharing the road for bicyclists and mopeds:
- Be careful in a driveway, alley, at traffic signals, roundabouts, crosswalks and intersections. Pedestrians could be so closer than you can imagine.
- In many states of USA, driving laws requires you to yield the right-of-way to blind pedestrians with a guide dog. Don't honk the horn.
- Always yield the right-of-way, slow down and move over a lane to clear the road when it is sounding a siren or displaying a flashing warning light of ambulance, fire department, and police vehicles. Stay at least 500 feet behind any moving emergency.
- Be aware around schools zones, bus stops, playgrounds, parks and residential streets.
Biking on Streets
- Riding in a traffic lane.
- Use the center lane in a roundabout.
- Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and use the horn or bell when passing them.
- Use hand signals if you want to turn left or right, to change lane or to stop.
- Use approved implements like helmets.
- Some areas prohibited ride on sidewalks.
Sharing the road with motorcyclists:
Sharing the road with horseback riders:
- They can use the full lane.
- Take your distance of motorcycle operators, they usually stop in shorter distances and may suddenly swerve to avoid obstacles.
- Keep always in mind the blind spots before turning, changing lanes, backing up or parking.
- Improve the visibility driving using your headlight.
- Statistics show that many accidents occur when the car driver turns left in front of a motorcycle after misjudging the distance.
Sharing the road with trucks, buses or commercial vehicles:
- Horseback riders may use public roadways, except for highways and most expressways.
- Never honk when you are near a horse.
- Always ride with traffic as far to the right as possible.
A useful quiz about "Road Sharing"
- Be aware of capabilities and limitations of this kind of vehicles.
- Most trucks take longer to stop. For example they could takes 400 feet to stop against 130 feet of automobile with 55 mph.
- Stay behind white stopping lines to prevent commercial vehicles cannot hit you if they want turns.
- Stay out of blind spots; they have deep blind spots behind and on both sites.
- Do not try to pass on the right-hand side when a commercial vehicle displays a right turn signal on at intersection.
- Keep a safe distance behind a truck or bus. During bad weather conditions, extend the distance.
- When following a truck or bus at night, always use low beam head lights.