Centre for Road Safety

Make safe choices

Walking is something we do all our lives, yet often we don’t think that we need to take extra care as we get older. Follow these tips to stay safe when walking and crossing the road.

Never assume a driver can see you

When crossing the road, never assume that an approaching driver has seen you or will stop. Their vision may be affected by sunlight, parked cars or poor light.

Make eye contact

Before you step off a kerb make eye contact with the driver so they are aware of you.

Use pedestrian crossings

Use safe places to cross the road such  as pedestrian crossings or traffic lights with pedestrian signals. If a you can’t find a  crossing nearby, always look for the safest place to cross, even if you have to walk further down the road.

Wait for vehicles to stop completely

Always make sure that vehicles stop completely before you begin crossing the road. Do this at traffic lights with green walk signals and at pedestrian crossings.

Use the footpath

Always walk on the footpath when available.

Shortest route

When crossing the road, take the shortest, most direct route to get to the other side. If there is a pedestrian refuge island, use it to safely cross the road in two stages.

Wear bright colours

To increase your visibility wear bright colours.

Check for turning vehicles

At intersections, always check for turning vehicles before you leave the kerb and while you are crossing the road.

Watch out for cyclists

Be aware of cyclists using roads, footpaths or pathways in parks. Don’t step off the kerb before checking for cyclists, as they can be more difficult to see than cars. When you’re on a shared path, keep to the left side of the pathway to allow room for cyclists to pass.

Make sure you know how to use your mobility aid

If you use a walking stick, frame or ride a mobility scooter, make sure you know how to use it properly before setting out.

Consider your mobility

Be mindful of how quickly you move. It may take you longer to get out of the way of vehicles on the road, or those reversing from driveways. It may also take you longer to walk cross the road.