Drive Safely: Tips on the Go

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  • 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).