Residential areas can be in a bustling city or in a quiet suburban neighbourhood but they often have both pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Whether your residential area is in a busy city or a serene neighbourhood, it is imperative to pay close attention to traffic safety. Any area where people and vehicles often traverse, there exists the possibility for an accident to occur. However, there are several ways that you can create a safer residential environment that will reduce the likelihood of an accident.

Routine safety precautions should always be practiced and taught to children (i.e., looking both ways before crossing the street). There are other simple and inexpensive methods that can be used to ensure that accidents don’t happen:

  • Keeps streets adequately lit at night so drivers can clearly see other vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Increase visibility around corners and intersection where objects block a driver’s view of oncoming traffic.
  • Organise public events with signs and barriers to control traffic and crowd flow.

Turn on the Lights

A simple way to prevent accidents in a neighbourhood is to eliminate dark stretches of road at night. Many drivers have experienced the difficulty of traveling on a poorly light road. If you add other hazards like rain or snow, the situation can quickly endanger lives. Simply lining dark streets with lamp posts and reflective signs goes a long way in preventing crashes.

Increase Visibility with Mirrors

If you spend enough time driving you will most likely experience a corner or intersection with low visibility. It is frustrating for a driver to inch forward in order to see around a bush or a wall for oncoming traffic. Traffic crossings with low visibility are a likely spot for an accident. To prevent this, there is an inexpensive solution. Placing  convex traffic safety mirrors near sharp corners and low visibility intersections can help drivers see around perilous intersections.

Organise Events with Signs

Community events like charity runs, festivals and parades often cause cars and people to share space very close to one another. During events like these, it is important to use barriers and signs to organise the flow of crowds and traffic. Simple crowd safety barriers can keep proper separation between crowds and traffic.

Control Residential Speeds

Encouraging safe speed in a residential area is one of the most important ways to avoid accidents. Traffic lights or roundabouts should be used in high traffic areas but speed bumps can be used in lower traffic neighbourhoods to deter cars from speeding through streets with pedestrians.

Of course, if you are a resident of a community you can’t always make big changes like putting up street lamps or installing a speed bump. However, there are a few things you can do. You can start with your own driveway by making sure it is properly lit and maintains excellent visibility. Then, if you are concerned with other areas of your neighbourhood, contact an authority member and suggest necessary changes.