Sharing the Road
Trucks and other large or slow vehicles
Watch your blind spots – the “no-zones.” Large trucks have blind spots, or no-zones, around the front, back, and sides of the vehicle. These no-zones make it difficult for the driver to see you. Give them room and expect their speed to be less than the posted speed limit, especially on steep hills.
Streetcars are passenger vehicles that operate on fixed rails on public streets. The vehicles can operate in mixed traffic and/or a separate right of way. Typically the same size as an articulated bus, the streetcar holds more passengers and operates at average speeds of 25 to 35 miles per hour. Streetcar operating speeds are similar to local buses, not exceeding the posted speed limit and keeping up with flow of traffic. Drivers should adhere to observed traffic signs and watch for moving streetcars. Use extra caution when passing a stopped streetcar as passengers may be entering or exiting
- Parking along a streetcar route: District law prohibits parking, stopping or standing a vehicle on or within a streetcar guide-way or adjacent to a streetcar platform. A vehicle in violation of this law shall be subject to a fine and removal or impounding. When parking along a streetcar route:
- Do not park on tracks
- Park your vehicle within the solid white line
- Check for approaching streetcars when opening vehicle doors
- Double-parking is illegal
Always treat motorcycle operators with courtesy. Leave plenty of extra space between your vehicle and a motorcycle. Motorcycles can usually stop in shorter distances and may suddenly swerve to avoid obstacles. Before changing lanes, check to see if a motorcycle is in your blind spot or in the space where you plan to move. After you pass, look again before you move back into the other lane. At intersections, motorcycles’ smaller size makes it difficult to judge their distance and speed; an oncoming motorcycle is probably much closer and coming much faster than it appears.
Work zones can be very dangerous, especially when traveling on the highway. It’s important to be alert and prepared to slow down or stop. Slowing down and allowing others to merge will ensure a safe passage through work zones. Remember this tip on work zone safety:
- Stay alert: Work zones are busy places where construction vehicles and workers are always moving. Be alert, and stay on the safe path that is designated throughout the work zone.
Speed is everything
When driving in highly trafficked areas, like urban and town centers, as well as arterial roads, your speed can be a matter of life and death for you, fellow motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Follow speed limits and respect all road users.