Share the Road, Arrive Alive
The California Highway Patrol (CHP), in combination with Caltrans and the U.S. Department of Transportation, wants motorists in California to Share the Road, and Arrive Alive. First and foremost, keeping roadways safe means making a commitment to distraction-free driving. If you’re reading a text or responding to a text, you’re not sharing the road with other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Put the cell phone down, and watch the road. Listed below are a few safety tips for drivers.
Safety Tips for Drivers
- Don’t text and drive!
- Watch for cyclists, motorcycle riders and pedestrians, and give them plenty of room.
- Be careful when opening your door, and watch for cyclists.
- Keep an eye out for commuting cyclists on onramps and offramps.
- Watch for pedestrians and cyclists at night, as they may be difficult to see.
What Can Pedestrians and Cyclists do?
It isn’t just up to drivers to keep California roadways safe. Cyclists and pedestrians need to do their part too. Cyclists and pedestrians should always follow traffic laws and try to be as visible and predictable as possible. Sadly, even seemingly minor crashes can be devastating, catastrophic or even fatal for pedestrians and cyclists, who do not have the benefit of seat belts and air bags. Listed below are some of the top safety tips from the Share the Road, Arrive Alive campaign.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Always look over your shoulder when you cross streets, both ways.
- Make sure drivers see you.
- Don’t text and walk.
- Be aware of turning vehicles.
Safety Tips for Cyclists
- Wear a helmet.
- Wear bright or reflective clothing.
- Use headlights and reflectors at night.
- Be predictable.
- Always signal before changing directions.
Pedestrians and cyclists are two of the most vulnerable roadway user groups in California and across the nation. Motorists need to share the road to ensure everybody gets where they’re going safely.