General Safe Driving Tips
Adapted from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. The law requires vehicles to yield to pedestrians. Safety is a shared responsibility.
- Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or in bad weather.
- Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
- Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Always follow the speed limit.
- Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where there are children present and where posted signs indicate special speed zones.
- Be extra cautious when backing up – pedestrians can move into your path.
- Don’t drive distracted. Stay off your cell phone unless you must make an emergency call.
How to Use Flashing Yellow Arrow Signals
Flashing yellow arrows are approved by the Federal Highway Administration and are being used throughout Colorado and the nation. Flashing yellow arrow signals can be used to maximize the number of left turns allowed at an intersection to help alleviate congestion and decrease the number of accidents from left turns across traffic.
The new signals have four lenses; a solid red arrow, a flashing yellow arrow, a solid yellow arrow and a solid green arrow. Each lens serves a different purpose:
- Green Arrow – Drivers have the right-of-way to turn left
- Yellow Flashing Arrow – Drivers yield to opposing traffic, but are allowed to proceed when the intersection is clear of approaching vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles.
- Yellow Solid Arrow – Drivers should not enter the intersection if they can safely stop
- Red Arrow – Drivers are required by law to stop
A solid yellow arrow indicates the signal will be changing to red and drivers should prepare to stop.
A flashing yellow arrow means turns are permitted, but the driver must first yield to oncoming cars, bicycles and pedestrians and then proceed with caution.