Spring driving safety tips
Spring is here and with that comes an increase in vehicle, bike and pedestrian traffic on site. Spring and summer months also bring more driver distractions as many of us are rushing to enjoy outdoor activities.
More than 80% of all motor vehicle accidents at Argonne happen within the parking lots or at the gates. The speed limit in parking lots and through all gates is 15 mph. Please remember to slow down and be alert on and off campus when driving or biking.
Argonne’s Traffic Safety Committee wants to remind all employees that choosing safe behaviors behind the wheel could save a life. As a community, there are simple steps everyone can take to maximize safety on the roadways.
Safety tips for drivers:
- Put down your cell phone — it can wait. Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents. Remember, the use of mobile communication devices (includes hands-free) while driving is prohibited while on site.
- Disable your phone while driving. Many mobile providers offer a feature that sends automatic messages to anyone who calls or messages your phone while in driving mode. See links below for details.
- Look out for pedestrians and bicyclists. Pedestrians may not be walking where they should be or may be hard to see — especially at night or in poorly lit conditions. Use caution especially at dusk, dawn and in bad weather.
- Always stop or yield for pedestrians in crosswalks where pedestrian crosswalk signs are posted.
- Slow down and look for pedestrians. Be prepared to stop when turning left or right, or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
- Follow the posted speed limit.
- Triple check before backing out.
- Allow at least a three-foot gap when passing pedestrians or bicyclists on the roadway. If another vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction, stop to let that vehicle pass before you attempt to pass the pedestrian or bicyclist.
Safety tips for pedestrians and bicyclists
- Remain alert when walking or biking. Keep your head up and eyes on the road for approaching vehicles.
- Pedestrians are to walk or run against traffic. Bicyclist are to ride with traffic. If a vehicle is approaching too quickly or too closely, stop what you are doing and move off the roadway, there is a chance they do not see you.
- Walk on a sidewalk or path when one is available. If no sidewalk or path is available, walk on the shoulder, facing traffic.
- When entering Argonne on foot, approach the Security Post in the outbound lane and wait for the protective force officer to verify your credentials
- Stay alert; don’t be distracted by electronic devices, including smart phones, MP3 players and other devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
- Be cautious when sharing the road with vehicles, even if you have the right of way.
- Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach or watch for them slowing down. When in doubt, wait until traffic passes.
- Be predictable. Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections when possible. This is where drivers expect pedestrians.
- Be visible. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials (especially on arms, legs and feet) or use a flashlight at night.