When a pedestrian enters a crosswalk located between two intersections, the driver has the right of way.
If there is a sign indicating a pedestrian crosswalk, the driver must stop and allow the pedestrian to cross.
When a pedestrian enters a crosswalk at an intersection, the driver has the right of way.
Before turning, the driver must yield to pedestrians who have stepped on to the roadway.
Pedestrians, remember that drivers of heavy vehicles are not always aware of pedestrians getting ready to cross. Because of their height and length, heavy vehicles may have several blind spots that prevent the drivers from seeing pedestrians.
Before you cross, make sure the driver has seen you. Make eye contact!
The safe behaviour of drivers remains an essential component for accident prevention, as it is their behaviour that causes 80% of collisions.
Like the slogan says: "we are all responsible for our conduct!"«nous sommes tous responsables de notre conduite!».
Traffic rules for cooperative road sharing
Here are some habits to adopt in order to make sure you remain a safe driver:
This system lays down some basic rules for preventative driving. For example: look up and far ahead to widen your field of view, better control unforeseen events and be ready to use defensive manoeuvres.
Signalling your intentions
Signalling is a simple action that is often neglected by drivers. The use of turn signals is extremely important as it makes it possible for other drivers to adapt to us. In fact, the Highway Safety Code obliges drivers to announce their moves. Failure to do so can cost you a $30 fine plus expenses!
Always check blind spots after signalling your intentions and before carrying them out. Using the side mirrors is not sufficient to check blind spots. Practice checking them by turning your head.
Possible and real perception
When driving a car, apply the principle of differentiating possible perception from real perception. Drivers should not take anything for granted and always confirm their perception in order to make sure that no dangers lay in wait.
The rules of courtesy and politeness are very appreciated by all: motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Be nice, be courteous!
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