Updated On April 13, 2018 - 4:10pm

Be Alert Bruins: Share the Road Safety Quiz and Prize Drawing

Share the Road

More than 75,000 people travel on campus each weekday, including staff, faculty, students, patients and visitors. A population that large means there are a variety of transportation modes sharing the same roadways, such as cars, trucks,  buses, motorcycles, bikes and more. In addition, the substantial increase in the use of electric scooters and ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber on campus means whether someone’s in a vehicle, on a bike or scooter, or simply walking, it’s important to share the road.

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, a pedestrian in California is killed or injured by a motorist once every hour. The good news is UCLA is a safe campus and these sort of accidents are rare. However, when they occur, they can be dangerous and costly.  UCLA’s auto loss statistics indicate the most frequent incidents are rear-end collisions and low speed crashes. Commuters can avoid accidents and collisions by using simple yet proven defensive driving practices:

Be aware of blind spots – all vehicles have them

  • Stay out of a vehicle’s blind spot, especially trucks, buses and vans
  • Be aware of your own blind spots, particularly when changing lanes, turning right or backing up

Scan the road for potential hazards both ahead and to the sides of your vehicle

  • Keep an eye out for bicyclists who may not see you
  • Be careful around large trucks  parked  on the street while making deliveries
  • Slow down for buses and vans loading and unloading  passengers
  • Watch for pedestrians who enter the crosswalk against the red light

Expect the unexpected, including:

  • Bicyclists passing on the right  when one is making a right  turn
  • Parked vehicles suddenly pulling out from the curb
  • Car doors opening into traffic
  • Jaywalkers crossing the street outside marked crosswalks

Avoid distraction and maintain a 360-degree awareness around one’s vehicle

  • Scan your mirrors every 5 to 8 seconds
  • Never text, eat, or groom while driving

Be a patient and courteous driver

Please do your part in keeping everyone safe. Remember, Share the Road… Bruins are Everywhere!

Click the link below to the the quiz and to enter the prize drawing.