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We all need to be reminded about the road safety. Too often we think of intersections as only intersecting streets or highways; however, they really involve any point at which two vehicles can intersect in their paths of travel. This includes:

  • Private driveways
  • Exits from freeways
  • Exits and entrances to shopping malls, plants and sites

Here are some of the most common causes of intersection accidents:

  • Speed too fast for conditions
  • Poor visibility
  • Insisting on the right-of-way
  • Failure to scan intersecting streets and drives for hazards
  • Distractions

Good defensive driving habits:

✔   Always use your indicator and make sure all your lights are clear and working.
✔   When drivers approach a street or drive, always scan as far as possible in both directions.
✔   If a vehicle is stopped at the intersection, they should watch the driver closely to see where they are looking.
✔   If the other vehicle does not see you, a friendly tap on the hooter can help to alert them.
✔   If you see a vehicle approaching that is not slowing down, take immediate defensive action.
✔   Develop the habit of “covering” the brake at intersections (foot off the gas and positioned above the brake pedal).
✔   If you must slow or stop, you have lessened reaction time and shortened the stopping distance.
✔   When a traffic light turns green, don’t charge right out into the other street. You may meet that other driver who doesn’t believe that yellow or red traffic lights are there for a reason.
✔   If another driver insists on taking the right-of-way, give it to them.

Questions you can use to get them talking:

  • Where are the dangerous intersections near this job?
  • Is there a problem getting in and out of this job? What can be done about it?
  • Has anyone ever had an accident – or know of one – involving an intersection?
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