Stay Safe on Your Evening Commute: Tips

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 74 percent of pedestrian fatalities that occurred in 2015 happened between dusk and dawn.

📅   Mon November 06, 2017 - National Edition
Emily Buenzle


Whether you're working on or near roads, or making your way home after sundown, safety officials, such as those from the D.C-area's Street Smart safety awareness campaign, are encouraging drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to heighten their awareness on their commutes, WTOP reported.
Whether you're working on or near roads, or making your way home after sundown, safety officials, such as those from the D.C-area's Street Smart safety awareness campaign, are encouraging drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to heighten their awareness on their commutes, WTOP reported.

As the days grow increasingly shorter, so too does the risk of vehicle crashes involving pedestrians, WTOP reported.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 74 percent of pedestrian fatalities that occurred in 2015 happened between dusk and dawn. Whether you're working on or near roads, or making your way home after sundown, safety officials, such as those from the D.C-area's Street Smart safety awareness campaign, are encouraging drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to heighten their awareness on their commutes, WTOP reported.

The Street Smart campaign compiled these key safety tips to help all commuters stay safe in the dark:

Drivers should:

  • slow down and be mindful of the speed limit;
  • stop at crosswalks for pedestrians;
  • proceed carefully when passing buses or stopped vehicles;
  • yield to walkers and bikers when turning;
  • check for bicyclists before opening your door;
  • when passing bicyclists on the road, give a berth of at least three ft., and
  • avoid cell phone use, and never text and drive.
  • Pedestrians should:

  • always try to cross the street at a corner and used designated crosswalks whenever possible;
  • use push-buttons to change the traffic signals;
  • wait until the walk signal flashes before crossing the street;
  • check for turning vehicles before crossing;
  • look left, right, and then left again before crossing the street;
  • wear light colored or reflective clothing in the dark to increase visibility;
  • keep an eye out for blind spots around trucks and buses, and
  • avoid cell phone use when crossing the street.
  • Bikers should:

  • obey all traffic signs and signals;
  • don't ride against the flow of traffic;
  • ride in a straight line, and stay at least three ft. away from parked vehicles;
  • use hand signals;
  • always wear a helmet, and
  • use lights in the evening, and whenever there is reduced visibility.