Crossing roads safely is an important skill, as it can help you to avoid accidents. Here are some tips that will help you navigate the roads:
Look out for vehicles.
The most important thing to do when crossing the road is to remember that vehicles may be approaching from any direction, especially if there aren’t many other pedestrians around. In particular, look out for vehicles that are turning or parked on the side of the road. It’s also a good idea to make sure that you’re in clear view of drivers so they can see you and give you enough time to cross safely.
In addition to looking out for vehicles coming towards you, it’s important to keep an eye out for anything moving nearby on both sides of your path. This includes bicycles and skateboards as well as cars and trucks!
When crossing on foot at an intersection or crossing point with traffic lights or pedestrian crossings:
- Wait until there is no traffic coming before attempting to cross; only walk across once all cars have stopped completely (and even then wait until traffic has gone past).
Look around you.
When you are crossing the road, you should always look left, right and left again. Look out for other pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles. Make sure there isn’t any oncoming traffic that may hit you when you cross.
Also look out for traffic lights – make sure no cars are about to run a red light before crossing. Also check for road signs like ‘no cycling’ or ‘no crossing’ as these can be dangerous if they have not been removed by the council after an accident or construction has occurred on your route across the street.
Finally, it’s important to know where other pedestrians are going to be crossing at the same time as yourself so they don’t bump into each other!
Use the pedestrian crossings and traffic lights.
At the beginning of this article, we mentioned that pedestrians should cross the street at dedicated pedestrian crossings or zebra crossings. If either of these options are not available to you and there is no traffic light in sight, then you should use the road.
This may seem like an obvious point, but it’s one worth emphasizing: do not cross the street when there are cars driving by! There are many reasons for this. First, drivers might not see you because they’re focused on other things like traffic lights or texting. Second, drivers might see you but decide to ignore your presence on purpose or by accident because they don’t want to stop and let another car pass them while they wait for pedestrians (which could lead us back into our first point). Finally — and most importantly — if there aren’t any cars around when a person crosses the road by foot then there is less risk involved with getting hit by one! This means that even though crossing isn’t always safe, using proper methods can reduce risk significantly
Don’t be distracted while you cross the road.
When you’re crossing the road, you need to avoid distractions. This means that you should not be distracted by your phone or any other electronic device. You also shouldn’t be distracted by pedestrians who might walk in front of you, or what’s going on around you like a car driving past or emergency vehicles arriving at an accident scene.
Finally, don’t let your own thoughts distract you from what’s going on around you! For example: “I know this street is dangerous but I’m crossing it anyway because I don’t want to wait for another opportunity.”
Wear bright clothes at night.
The next time you’re about to cross a road, bear this in mind. Wear clothes that will make it easier for drivers to see you. This means:
- Bright colours, especially those with reflective elements (such as safety vests or belts).
- Light coloured clothing. Dark colours absorb more heat and are harder to see.
- Clothes that cover the whole body. This includes shoes and hats as well as trousers and shirts – no shorts or skirts!
- Clothing that isn’t too loose or tight – loose fabric has more chances of getting caught on something while tight-fitting garments can be dangerous if they get stuck on something near traffic (like a car door).
Cross roads safely – look out for vehicles, look around, use crossings and signals and avoid distractions.
As a pedestrian, you have some responsibility to ensure that you cross the road safely. You should:
- Look around and make sure there is no vehicle coming.
- Use crossings and signals if they are available – these will help to protect you from oncoming vehicles at busy junctions and roads.
- Avoid distractions such as mobile phones or listening to music while crossing roads – this might mean that you don’t hear an approaching car’s horn or see an indicator light flashing on their windscreen, which could cause them to stop suddenly in front of you!
It can be tricky to cross the road, especially when you are in a rush. But it pays off if you take your time and remember these few simple tips. It will save you from unpleasant situations and possible injuries or loss of life.