Apparently, most drivers are not good at stopping for pedestrians, according to a recent study from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. And there is one odd factor that may influence those who do stop.
The researchers observed 461 cars and found that only 28 percent yielded for pedestrians waiting at a crosswalk. One of the factors to predict whether or not a car would stop is the cost of the vehicle.
For every $1,000 increase in a car’s value, the likelihood of a driver yielding would go down 3 percent, meaning more expensive cars yielded less for pedestrians.
Why the correlation?
The study theorized there are several reasons for the connection, including a sense of superiority for wealthier drivers. A less critical perspective suggested that more expensive cars contain safety features, which leads to a false sense of security.
Most of the researchers agreed that there is no definitive explanation for why wealthier drivers may yield less. It’s probably a combination of different factors and reasons.
What should we do?
While we don’t have a clear cause for the correlation, the study’s authors stated it’s a considerable risk that needs to be addressed through education and awareness.
Drivers cannot rely on safety features and confidence to prevent accidents. They need to stay aware of their surroundings and continue defensive driving methods, such as:
- Minimize distractions
- Stay aware of pedestrians and other drivers.
- Maintain the speed limit
- Always maintain proper driving habits.
It’s also critical to educate pedestrians on how they can protect themselves on the streets. No one should assume their safe, even crossing in the crosswalk.
If both sides take the additional time and effort to educate themselves on this crisis, fewer accidents will happen – especially with wealthier drivers.