Pedestrians and Learner Drivers
Pedestrians are not always aware of how difficult it can be for you the learner driver to be able to judge and stop in time, especially in the early stages of learning.
When you first start out driving it’s like a juggling act until you master the controls, and your concentration may be more on what you are trying to acheive inside the cart, which is why your driving instructor is there to guide and protect you, keeping you and other road users safe.
But as you gain in confidence and ability you’ll need to start being aware of the dangers pedestrians pose to drivers.
The younger pedestrians often have little sense of danger and will walk or run into the road without a thought for drivers. And the elderly might struggle with sight and hearing and make misjudgements when crossing the road.
Pedestrians can quickly step unexpectedly into the road and cause drivers to take action, so awareness is a good skill to master early.
Some places to always be especially wary around are schools, the vast amount of students on the pavements jostling for space can often lead to them suddenly stepping onto the road or being pushed onto it, always drive at a speed suitable to the conditions.
Other places to be more vigilant would be bus stops, around parked cars, and Ice-Cream Vans, because children are more interested in ice-cream and harder to see in busy crowded shopping areas.
Children and older pedestrians may not be able to judge speed so take this into account and bear in mind that the elderly also take longer to cross so please be patient. People with disabilities, blind or partially sighted or those who are hearing impaired may not always hear or see you approaching so always be mindful of speed.
Beware of distracted pedestrians i.e. those on mobile phones, a group of people talking or ones wearing headphones and listening to music.
Watch out for pedestrians crossing a road into which you are turning. If they have started to cross they have priority, so give way. Another one may be if you are reversing around a corner, check all around you before starting your manoeuvre.
Just a few to be on the lookout for.