Pedestrian road safety
You may consider pedestrian road safety to be a matter of common sense and personal choice but it is important to remind ourselves from time to time of the helpful tips below to maximise our safety whilst walking alongside and crossing our increasingly busy roads. In particular, parents should make sure their children and young people are aware of the following points:
- When crossing the road, remember to keep looking both ways. Use pedestrian crossings whenever possible as these are there to help you and drivers.
- If pavements or footpaths are not provided, then always walk on the side of the road facing the traffic to ensure you can see any approaching vehicles. Where possible, avoid walking next to the kerb with your back to the traffic and if you have to step into the road, always look both ways first.
- Try not to cross the road between parked cars. Walking a short distance to find a clear view of the road or to find a provided crossing could mean avoiding a potential accident.
- If you have to cross the road between parked cars, always check that they are not about to manoeuvre out of the parking space by listening for vehicle noise and checking for car occupants.
- Concentrate whilst you are crossing the road. If you are talking on a mobile phone, it is advisable to stop the conversation whilst you are crossing the road.
- If there is a car coming whilst you are in the middle of crossing the road, make eye contact with the driver to make sure they have seen you.
- Make sure you have plenty of time to cross and do not run across the road.
- Think about what you are wearing as dressing all in black does not help the car driver to see you. Try to wear something bright or reflective, especially in the dark.
- You must not walk on motorways or slip roads except in an emergency.
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