SAFETY MOMENT: Potential hazards around blind spots

Editor’s Note: The following is a monthly feature written by Kyle Black from Seneca Meadows.

At large facilities such as Seneca Meadows, there is always a potential hazard lurking around a blind spot.  We have developed strategies to minimize the risks associated with these potential hazards, and many of these strategies can be used in our everyday lives as well.  A blind spot or blind area is an area that is not visible by direct line of sight.  A blind spot could be due to a parked vehicle, the vehicle being operated, a hill, a corner, or other obstructions which obscure the given view from a safe approach distance by a driver or a pedestrian.

Safe driving behaviors to reduce blind spot hazards:

  • Slow down
  • Anticipate that there could be a pedestrian appearing from a static blind spot, especially around schools and school zones
  • Aim high in your approach – meaning look 15 seconds ahead
  • Get out and look, especially when backing

Safe pedestrian behaviors to reduce blind spot hazards:

  • Avoid distractions while walking near roads and cross walks
  • Obtain direct line of sight prior to entering traffic
  • See and be seen by others, including other foot traffic
  • Obey traffic control signals
  • Utilize designated cross walks and side walks

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