Centre for Road Safety

Pedestrians should always try and use crossings.

Safer options

  • Always use pedestrian crossings
  • Never assume that an approaching vehicle can see you, or will stop for you – wait until all vehicles have stopped before you cross
  • At intersections, check for turning vehicles before you leave the kerb, and while you are crossing the road
  • Avoid crossing between parked cars or at the front or back of buses
  • Wear bright, light coloured clothing at night or in reduced visibility conditions
  • Avoid using a mobile phone or portable media player (so you can hear vehicles and concentrate on crossing the road)
  • At traffic lights, make sure that vehicles stop before you start to cross, and don't enter the road if vehicles are moving through the crossing or if the the red don't walk signal shows. Pedestrian countdown timers show how many seconds you have left to finish crossing before oncoming vehicles will be given a green light. If you haven’t started to cross, the countdown timers can help you decide if it’s safe to do so.