Every morning I drive to my parking spot and walk several blocks to the station, so I get a driver and pedestrian point of view every day and I’ve noticed a few things about driver etiquette that should be addressed.
First, let’s just take a breath and not be in such a rush every day. If someone is attempting to get into a line with their signal lights on, let them in if you can! In reciprocation that driver should wave back as a gesture of thanks. Maybe that’s the small town coming out in me, but a quick wave makes the driver behind feel good about letting you in.
Second, the orange light means get ready to stop not STEP ON IT! I can’t tell you how many potential accident situations I’ve seen because a car is trying to do a left turn and oncoming cars are still going through the orange, and in some cases, red lights!
Third, watch out for pedestrians and pedestrians need to respect the right-a-way for vehicles. Again, I’ve witnessed some very close calls between cars and pedestrians all because of being in a hurry. A situation this morning prompted me to right this blog. A young lady walking across Victoria Ave. at Broad Street had the right-a-way to walk as the “walk” light indicator was on. A driver, who appeared to be in a rush, nearly struck her as he made a right turn. The interesting thing is, he stopped, saw her, but proceeded to go anyway. She gave him a rather dirty look and he just waved back. Let’s remember pedestrians have families and friends to go home to as well. Now, pedestrians also need to remember the rules of the road and not walk out in the middle of traffic or stand on a median expecting cars to stop when there is no pedestrian walkway!
So, on our way home today lets just slow down a bit, remember to be friendly to our fellow drivers, put the cell phones away, and watch out for construction workers and pedestrians. Let’s make sure everybody has a Happy Thanksgiving!