Other HTS users have specific and varied needs that must be understood to make sure everyone stays safe.
Always yield to pedestrians, whether they are obeying the rules of the road or not. Pedestrians always have the right of way. – At intersections, always check for pedestrian movement before entering. Make sure pedestrians see you. – Children are small, difficult to see and can be unpredictable. Watch for them in school zones, near playgrounds, and in any area where they may play in/near the road. – The elderly and those with physical or visual impairments are slower in crossing. Be patient, and avoid honking or revving your engine, which would distract them from crossing safely. – Adults who are being careless will jaywalk, run into traffic, or jog across the road Watch out for adults crossing carelessly, especially in bad weather.
– Small animals like dogs or raccoons may run into your path. Avoid or brake firmly if either can be done safely – do not risk your life or that of another person to avoid a small animal. – Large animals can cause a lot of damage to your vehicle and those inside. When travelling at high speed, do NOT swerve to avoid a deer or other large animal. – With large animals you should brake firmly and slow down as much as possible. If unable to stop completely and you are going to hit the animal, release the brakes just before impact. The front of your vehicle will rise and the animal is less likely to crash through the windshield. – Large animals crashing through the windshield will likely cause serious injury, and sometimes, death of the people in the vehicle. – To minimize hazard, always watch for animals, keep your speed reduced, and leave room to brake. – Pay careful attention when the sun is setting, when it is dark, in fog, and in situations of poor visibility. Watch for signs warning of animals crossing.
The number of people cycling on roadways is increasing and they do not always follow traffic signs, signals, or rules of right-of-way. They may also ride at excessive speeds for the road conditions. – Check for cyclists before turning, changing lines, and opening your door. Give them plenty of space when passing them in the city, and even more when passing in the country.
Usually better trained on road rules than cyclists/pedestrians. Novice riders may swerve, and have difficulty braking and handling curves. – As with cyclists, watch for motorcyclists when changing lanes, turning or opening your door after parking. Increase your stopping distance to at least 3 or 4 seconds if a motorcycle is driving in front of you – Motorcyclist may change position within the lane if the road conditions (things like potholes, puddles etc). Always leave a motorcycle a full lane of traffic to use, even though they physically only take up about 1/3 of the space.
– The larger the truck, the larger the areas where you are not visible in their mirrors. Be careful, and before driving next to a large truck, check its turning signal. – If you are travelling next to a truck, and the truck is turning right, it will not be able to see you. This will put your vehicle to be pushed off the road by the truck in a situation known as the right turn squeeze. – If a large truck is turning to the right, leave the space open/move behind the truck. Buses – Buses do not stop at every bus stop, so do not assume they will. – Give buses extra space and be careful as passengers may walk in front of the bus without warning.
Do not follow closely. Construction vehicles accelerate slowly and may stop suddenly. – Like large trucks, drivers of construction vehicles will not be able to see you in their larger blind spots. – Keep a safe distance from both the back, and the sides of any construction vehicle (ex. When passing in a construction zone). – Extra caution in work zones is for the safety of workers as well as for yourself.
– Allow extra space and increase your following distance.
ATV’s and Snowmobiles – Watch for them on the side of the road, especially if they are looking to cross.
When lights and sirens are in operation, the law requires that you clear the way for emergency vehicles to get by. Slow Moving Vehicles – Be patient, follow at a safe distance and look for a safe opportunity to pass. Pass with caution.