Centre for Road Safety

Pedestrians should always try and use crossings.

Where's your head at?

It’s easy to become complacent about safety, especially on a familiar route such as on your way to or from work. Taking risks and not being mindful on the roads can have serious consequences. It’s important to have your head in the moment and make safe decisions when crossing the road.

Before you cross the road:

  • Look before you cross. Just because someone else decides to cross, doesn’t mean it’s safe for you
  • Unplug your earphones and put away your phone
  • Never assume that an approaching vehicle can see you, or will stop for you – wait until all vehicles have stopped before you step off the kerb
  • Avoid crossing between parked cars or at the front or back of buses and large vehicles
  • At intersections, check for turning vehicles before you leave the kerb, and while you are crossing the road
  • Wear bright, light coloured clothing at night or in reduced visibility conditions.

When crossing the road:

  • Always use pedestrian crossings
  • Wait for the walk signal. 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
  • At traffic lights, don’t enter the road if vehicles are moving through the crossing or if the red don’t walk signal shows.