Be Aware, Share the Road

Pennsylvania law requires drivers emerging from or entering an alley, building, private road, or driveway, to yield the right of way to any pedestrian approaching on any sidewalk that crosses the alley, entrance/exit, road or driveway. Failure to yield can result in fines, and three points on your license. It is illegal to overtake or pass a vehicle that is yielding to pedestrians within crosswalks. Doing so can easily result in accidents causing death or grievous bodily harm.

If you're driving, always be aware of your surroundings. Keep your brakes in good order - we have a lot of steep hills - and watch for walkers and bikers. Our narrow roads require driving with care and always at the speed limit. You don't want to be involved in any collision, particularly not one that will cause injury.

Pedestrians

When you're driving, you must be aware of pedestrians and you should:

  • give pedestrians time and space to cross the road, especially the elderly and disabled

  • remember children may be difficult to see - they are easily distracted and may act unpredictably near roads.  Be prepared for the unexpected

Cyclists

Be aware that cyclists may be using the same road you're driving on. Be sure to:

  • always look out for cyclists and check for them in your mirrors

  • give cyclists plenty of room when overtaking them

  • never overtake a cyclist and then turn right shortly afterwards

Motorcyclists

You should always keep an eye out for other road users, including motorcyclists. You should:

  • always look out for motorcyclists and give them time and room

  • keep checking your mirrors for motorcyclists and always make sure that your nearside is clear when turning right

  • take extra care when pulling out of intersections– always re-check for motorcyclists before pulling out

Horse riders

Horses are powerful animals which are easily frightened and can panic in traffic. You need to be aware that many horse riders may be children. Make sure you:

  • drive slowly past horses

  • give them plenty of room and be prepared to stop - be patient

  • keep engine noise as low as possible and avoid sounding the horn

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