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 As a driver it is important to drive safely and follow traffic laws. Each time you venture out you have the opportunity to influence opinions about drivers in a positive or negative way. Try focusing on behaviors that build respect and safer interaction with other modes of transportation. Consider what those around you might be expecting and try to be predictable as you travel.






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Things you can do to increase respect/safety:

  • Signal to others when turning or stopping.
  • Emphasize visibility. Headlights increase the likelihood that others are able to see you.
  • Make eye contact with other travelers as you interact.
  • Exercise care when approaching intersections with driveways, streets, and paths.
  • Look out for pedestrians and cyclists and yield the right of way when appropriate.
  • Yield to pedestrians in a marked crosswalk and be alert for pedestrians where no crosswalk is present.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and alert for potential danger. Eliminate distractions such as headphones and electronic devices.
  • Stop at stop signs and traffic signals. Take your time and ensure that no vehicles, pedestrians, or cyclist are approaching the intersection before you proceed.
  • Keep your vehicle in good working order. Simple maintenance issues can lead to unsafe interactions with others or an inability to avoid danger.
  • Share the road and look out for others. Vehicles can be dangerous around pedestrians and cyclists so there is an extra responsibility on the operator of any vehicle to operate safely.
  • If a vehicle is stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross safely do not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.
  • If you see an emergency vehicle approaching pull to the right side of the roadway and stop until emergency vehicle has passed.


Information on Ames ordinances that apply to drivers can be found in the Ames Municipal Code