The General Directorate of Traffic warns of the rules that users must follow
Not only drivers of cars, trucks, bicycles or even scooters have to follow traffic regulations. Anyone who walks down the street must abide by the rules established by the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT), including pedestrians. But not only those who walk down a street, on the sidewalk or on the shoulder of a road are pedestrians. A pedestrian is considered to be anyone who walks on a public road and also “those who push any other vehicle without a motor,” says the DGT.
General rules for pedestrian circulation, according to the DGT
The DGT lists in its magazine the general traffic regulations that pedestrians must comply with:
– Pedestrians have to circulate through the places reserved for them and not do so through the prohibited ones, for example, highways and expressways.
– In the city, if possible, they should use the center of the sidewalks, moving away both from the curb, so as not to be hit by a vehicle, and from buildings, in case there are garage entrances or exits.
– If a street does not have a sidewalk, it will circulate as close as possible to the wall, if possible, facing traffic.
– Children must go hand in hand with adults and play in safe spaces and away from the road.
– Pedestrians should not carry loose animals, as they can create dangerous situations for other users.
– Pedestrians are only authorized to invade the road to cross.
How should a pedestrian cross the street?
You may never have thought about it, but crossing a street can pose a risk to pedestrians. For this reason, it is very important to choose the safest place to cross the road, preferably in a passage regulated by roads, traffic lights or traffic agents. If it does not exist, you should choose a place with good visibility. Do not forget to look both ways to make sure there is no danger and cross in a straight line.
You already know that at intersections regulated by traffic lights you will have to wait for the pedestrian’s silhouette to turn green to cross the road. You should speed up if it starts to blink. Even if you have priority, it is advisable not to cross until you check that the vehicles have stopped. At zebra crossings, pedestrians have priority, but this does not mean that the driver will stop. According to the DGT, it is advisable to signal drivers with your hand to warn them of your intention to cross.
out of town
The above tips are very useful within the city, but things change if you want to walk on the road. If you want to walk outside the town safely, you should follow some recommendations:
– You only travel on roads where there is no express prohibition.
– Drive to the left to face the vehicles that approach you.
– Walk along the shoulder if there is one. If not, use the part of the road closest to the edge. In any case, if there are several people circulating, they will have to go one after the other (in single file).
– As it happens in the city, on the roads they must cross through safe places and exercise extreme caution. Choose sections with visibility and avoid curves and slopes.
– Use clothing such as reflective vests to be more visible to drivers.
– The DGT recommends that you forget to listen to music or the radio with headphones, as their use can distract you and make you a more vulnerable pedestrian.
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