As the holiday season is upon us, many people are traveling back home after spending Christmas with family, or they are still making their rounds to see their grandparents and other extended family members for the holidays. Others are done celebrating Christmas and are now out and about shopping the sales or making returns after opening gifts that they didn’t want or that didn’t fit right. In any event, the roads are a busy place during this time of the year.

As people are busy traveling the roads, it is important that every driver knows how important it is to slow down and pay attention to others sharing the road with them, especially pedestrians and bicyclists. Unfortunately, many motorists forget to watch out for pedestrians and cyclists because of their small size. Drivers are used to looking for other cars and trucks and sometimes overlook smaller objects in the road such as bicycles and pedestrians.

This is why it is the best time to remind drivers of holiday driving safety. Whether you are driving to the mall to take advantage of a huge sale or you want to beat the crowds, drivers need to be reminded that they can help keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe just by slowing down. Here are some other safety reminders:

  • Drive the posted speed limits
  • Yield to pedestrians in intersections and crosswalks
  • Be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists when approaching crosswalks and intersections
  • Don’t pass a stopped car or a vehicle slowing because a pedestrian could be crossing the street

While it is essential the drivers are reminded of driving safely during this holiday season, cyclists also need to be reminded to follow the rules of the road, pay attention to traffic, obey traffic signals and signs, and travel with the flow of traffic. Additionally, pedestrians need to do their part by looking both ways before crossing the street, following traffic signals, and crossing the street at marked crosswalks. Both pedestrians and cyclists should avoid being out at night; however, if this isn’t possible, pedestrians and bicyclists should wear reflective gear and bright colors to increase their visibility at night. Cyclists should make sure their headlights and tail lights are working, and pedestrians should walk with flashlights at night.

The takeaway message for holiday roadway safety is that everyone needs to do their part by following the road rules, being alert, and respecting each other to make sure everyone gets home or to their destinations safely.

If you have been injured by a negligent driver this holiday season, contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] to speak with a South Florida personal injury lawyer about your rights.