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The silent revolution

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 11:28

From Terry Hack, Brighstone:

How right Sam Turner was to outline the dangers of totallysilent all-electric cars (CP 03-11-17).

I own such a car, and at this stage, the responsibility forthe safety of pedestrians lies totally and unequivocally with us drivers.

The need to realise that hitherto, people were aware ofvehicles purely by the sound of the engine; remove that and there are seriousdangers.

However, as the numbers of electric cars increase,pedestrians will have to train themselves to be more aware, although again, themain onus must remain largely with the drivers, particularly where older peopleand children are concerned.

There are those people who think electric cars will nevercatch on, so why bother?

They need to know that in 2011, there were just 40 suchvehicles; in 2015 there were 40,000 and at this present time the number hastopped 100,000, so pedestrians will need to adjust their ideas very quicklyindeed.

In addition, Volvo has announced that by the end of 2019,every one of their new models will only have electric or hybrid engines.

Also, the new registration figures for electric vehicles hasrisen by 2,600 per cent in the last four years.

So very soon indeed, electric vehicles will be everywhere.

What will help both parties is knowing an unusual trait inpedestrians. It would make sense for the pedestrians facing oncoming traffic towalk on the outside of the footpath, so that when they have to step off thekerb to let oncoming pedestrians pass, they can see oncoming traffic, and actaccordingly.

Pedestrians going the same way as the traffic remain closeto the wall, and safe.

But they don’t; on most occasions, the reverse happens, inthat pedestrians going the same way as the traffic walk along the outer edge,and hearing nothing coming up behind, the simply step off the kerb withoutwarning.

Therefore, it is totally beholden when drivers are coming into park for example, that their speed is less than the pedestrians at alltimes.

 


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