Afraid of Stopping for Pedestrians

(Last Updated On: September 9, 2016)

Just a Friday confession: I’m afraid of stopping for pedestrians on multi-lane roads. Not sure what to do about it since not stopping for them isn’t really the solution.

New safer formula for pedestrians crossing:

1) Slow down and stop

2) See which other cars aren’t stopping

3) Honk to keep the pedestrian alive?

This car was directly behind me and sped around me as soon as I slowed down. And this is not the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, or 4th or 5th time this has happened. And that’s someone’s baby in the crosswalk. (Who could have activated the flashing yellow lights, although I can’t be sure they weren’t working for some reason).

Remember if the vehicle in front of you stops without a turn signal, there might be a good reason for it. You might want to check it out.

Drive carefully,

Many moons ago, Carmen became an ICBC-approved driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, and has spent many years working with new and experienced drivers around the lower mainland. She can be found reading the Motor Vehicle Act for fun while receiving strange looks from others. May the quest for great driving continue!

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  • Brandon

    This reminds me, I asked you a question a long time ago about yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks. Do you still remember? I find that unmarked crosswalks on multi-lane roads are the worst, as most drivers don’t seem to yield to pedestrians there. At least with a marked crosswalk, drivers at least seem to stop more, with a few exceptions like in that video.

    • Oh yes I’ll look it up, Sorry!! I’m bad at answering sometimes, and sometimes I really do not have the answers…!