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Pedestrians and Bicyclists Can Also Be Hazards. Walkers, joggers and bicyclists may be on the road with their back to the traffic, so they cannot see you. They also may be wearing portable stereos with headsets, so they cannot hear you either. This can be dangerous. On rainy days, pedestrians may not see you because of hats or umbrellas. They may be hurrying to get out of the rain and may not pay attention to the traffic.
Distractions. People who are distracted are hazards. Watch for where they are looking. If they are looking elsewhere, they cannot see you. Be alert even when they are looking at you. They may believe that they have the right of way.
Children. Children tend to act quickly without checking traffic. Children playing with one another may not look for traffic and are a serious hazard.
Talkers. Drivers or pedestrians talking to one another may not be paying close attention to the traffic.
Workers. People working on or near the roadway are a hazard clue. The work creates a distraction for other drivers, and the workers themselves may not see you.
Ice Cream Trucks. Someone selling ice cream is a hazard clue. Children may be nearby and may not see you.
Disabled Vehicles. Drivers changing a tire or fixing an engine often do not pay attention to the dangers of roadway traffic. They are often careless. Jacked-up wheels or raised hoods are hazard clues.
Accidents. Accidents are particularly hazardous. People involved in the accident may not look for traffic. Passing drivers tend to look at the accident. People often run across the road without looking. Vehicles may slow or stop suddenly.
Shoppers. People in and around shopping areas are often not watching traffic because they are looking for stores or into store windows.
Confused Drivers. Confused drivers often change direction suddenly or stop without warning. Confusion is common near freeway or turnpike interchanges and major intersections.
Pedestrians and bicyclists can be a hazard for commercial drivers. What are some clues you should look out for when pedestrians and bicyclists are nearby?
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