Ensure vehicles on either side have stopped before crossing and remove your headphones so you can listen for upcoming vehicles. You will often hear a car coming before you can see it. Look out for pedestrian road safety signs and any obstructions you should be aware of.
Walk in safe places
Walk safely and in sight. Use the pavement where possible. Many pedestrian accidents are caused by poor road surfaces and lighting, so make sure you walk in well-lit areas – it will help you to see the surface ahead. Whenever possible, plan your route in advance.
Avoid walking while under the influence of alcohol. Not only can alcohol impair your vision, it can also affect your reaction times and decision-making skills. We often make decisions subconsciously while walking, such as when it is safe to cross the road. Alcohol can make it more difficult to make those decisions, putting you at greater risk of an accident. If you know you will be drinking alcohol, order a taxi or arrange a lift in advance.
Pedestrians need to be as alert as motorists when using the road, so limit distractions. This means putting your phone and other handheld devices away when crossing the road.
Make sure you’re visible
If you are out walking, be as visible as possible. Walk in well-lit areas, stick to the pavement, wear bright colours when it’s dark and make eye contact with drivers ahead of crossing the road. These things will help ensure drivers and other road users are aware of your presence.