Pedestrian Crossings

In the UK, the country with the safest roads in the world (IRTAD), there are currently five types of formal pedestrian crossings in use, these being Zebra, Pelican, Puffin, Toucan and Pegasus crossings. The most basic form of crossing is a pedestrian refuge, this is usually in the form of an island in the centre…

Expect the Unexpected from Pedestrians

(And Pedestrians Should do the Same for Drivers!) Pedestrian crossing facilities in the USA — a.k.a. “crosswalks” — often leave a great deal to be desired in terms of safety. And, whether near a crosswalk or not, drivers need to be continually alert to the fact that the unexpected is actually quite likely to happen….

Distracted Driving — Overview & Guidelines

The subject of distracted driving, perhaps surprisingly, leaves experts in various fields debating precisely what it is! Indeed, at the first International Conference on Distracted Driving (Toronto, October 2005) a significant proportion of the three-day-event was devoted to exactly this question. For example, researchers had one viewpoint, police officers another, and presumably legislators or educators…

F.A.Q.s

Many of the questions on this page have been sent to us by people who are apprehensive as drivers or have an oppressive fear of driving (see acknowledgements, here). We have tried to give effective and, above all, safety-oriented answers to these questions but must draw your attention once again to our disclaimer. If your…

Senior Drivers

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety have an excellent website for senior drivers. See also the Medical College of Wisconsin webpage: Safe Driving for Older Adults, and one titled ‘Safe Driving For Seniors,’ on the Foundation for Health in Aging website. January 12, 2005: AAA Offers First Home-Based Tool to Help Seniors Drive Safely Longer…

Women Drivers

INTRODUCTION There is a remarkable amount of nonsense talked about women drivers. The simple fact is that while women may have proportionately more crashes than men, those crashes are, on the whole, much less severe and women are therefore responsible for far fewer injuries and deaths than are male drivers. As a reflection of this…

Police Patrol Vehicles

Fundamentals From country to country and even, sometimes, from county to county, there can be a big difference to the color scheme of police patrol cars. In all cases they are meant to be readily identifiable, but some police forces use remarkably bright coloration for conspicuity. This is intended not only to assist with officer…