Yard sales are often set up in dangerous locations. With regional yard sale dates selected, such as with US 127 or US 68 events, there is often a disregard for sight distance, parking conditions and right-of-way infringement.
As a participant or a passing motorist, safety should be a top priority. First, setting a yard sale on right-of-way is illegal. These areas are used as safety zone buffers for motorists and they provide a clear view of vehicles entering, exiting and traveling on our roads. When objects block right of way areas, line of sight is reduced and crashes become more likely. Set up your yard sale off of right-of-way limits.
Consider parking. If you are setting up a yard sale, think about where parking can be safely achieved. If you are attending a yard sale, do not park your vehicle where you block other motorists from seeing clearly and do not park your vehicle where you are too close to traffic.
Motorists should be highly aware of surroundings. Just like in a construction zone, pay close attention when traveling through an area where multiple yard sales are taking place. Don’t allow electronic devices to be a distraction. Slow down and be on the lookout for pedestrians.
Taking these simple steps can greatly reduce the risk of vehicle crashes and pedestrian strikes.