AARP Driving Resource Center

Pedestrians — What Must Drivers Know?

What can you do to protect pedestrians?

Pedestrians crossing a street, Driving Resource Center

Be sure to watch for pedestrians, especially children. — istockphoto

Pedestrians may assume that, because they can see your vehicle, you can see them and will stop. Check the roadway carefully for pedestrians, especially at intersections, since they may cross the street thinking that you will stop.

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  • Always look for pedestrians crossing your intended route.
  • Do not pass a vehicle that has stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the road.

  • When making turns, it is easy for a pedestrian to be hidden by the corner posts between your windshield and side windows. This is a pedestrian blind spot. Use scanning and turn your head to see around these areas framing your windshield.
  • In cities, be sure to watch for pedestrians, especially children, darting out mid-block from between parked vehicles.
  • Look for pedestrian crossing signals and signs that require vehicles to stop mid-block for pedestrian crosswalks.
  • At a stoplight, check to make sure no pedestrians are crossing in your path before you proceed.
  • Be especially alert for pedestrians and children when backing out of driveways or parking spaces.

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