Drive with Care

Mother and child using crosswalk

California has the nation’s highest number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities. If you drive, take extra care around people walking and biking. It’s the human thing to do.


Drive Safely: Tips on the Go

  • Slow down. Drive the speed limit or less. Be alert for people walking, bicycling, skateboarding or in wheelchairs (CVC 21954(b)).

  • Every intersection is a crosswalk, even if unmarked. Always stop for people crossing the street (CVC 21950).

  • Give people biking at least 3 feet when passing. Do not pass unless safe to do so (CVC 21760).

  • When parallel parking, look in the side view mirror and over your shoulder for people biking or other vehicles before opening the door. Only open door when safe to do so (CVC 22517).

  • Look twice for people walking or biking before you make a turn. Always come to a complete stop before turning right on red (CVC 21453).

  • If another car is stopped at a crosswalk, you should stop too. There may be someone crossing the street that you can’t see (CVC 21950).

  • Be alert. Put your cell phone away. Keep your eyes on the road and watch for other roadway users, including people walking and biking (CVC 23123.5).

  • Only enter a bike lane to park where permitted, to leave the roadway or to prepare to enter an intersection (CVC 21209).


Did you know?

  • 14 percent of all trips in Southern California are one mile or less. These short trips equate to less than a five-minute bike ride or 20-minute walk.

  • 60 percent of car pollution happens in the first few minutes after you start your car.

  • You can save an average of $9,225 annually by switching to public transportation.

  • If you run errands by bicycling or walking, you can save about 500 gallons of fuel and avoid releasing 10,000 pounds of CO2 into the air each year.

Try walking or biking instead!