Street Survival - Advanced Defensive Driving



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A crossing (aka Crosswalk / Crossover / Zebra Crossing) is a high risk area for pedestrians because this is where they intersect with vehicles and are void of any protection:

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Dangers Pedestrians Crossing


When turning a corner at an intersection, always be on the lookout for pedestrians crossing as this is high-risk area.

Because of the angle, a pedestrian is more likely to be in the blind spot of the windscreen pillar.

Near Miss

There are fortunate times when by a very narrow margin, things could have been a lot worse.


An accident in an intersection can cause the vehicles involved to veer off course and into pedestrians at a crossing.

⚠️Not Stopping

As a pedestrian, never assume that it is safe to traverse a crossing.

Keep on the lookout while crossing as motorists often blow through the crossing without stopping and at times not even slowing down while doing so.


High speed through a crossing will be lethal for pedestrians.

Be extremely cautious if the crossing is located across a high-speed road.


A car stopped at a crossing may still pose a peril if another vehicle rear-ends it and pushes it into the crossing.

🛈 How to use a pedestrian crossing

Using a pedestrian crossing is essential for safely crossing the road. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use a pedestrian crossing:

  • Approach the Crossing: When you want to cross the road, locate a nearby pedestrian crossing. Look for designated crosswalk markings, traffic signals, pedestrian signs, or pedestrian-activated crossing buttons.

  • Observe Traffic: Before stepping onto the crossing, take a moment to assess the traffic conditions. Look in all directions and ensure that vehicles have enough distance to see you and stop safely.

  • Wait for the Right Signal: At some pedestrian crossings, traffic signals specifically for pedestrians are present. Observe the signals to determine when it is safe to cross. Green signals or "Walk" symbols typically indicate it is safe to proceed, while red signals or "Don't Walk" symbols indicate that you should not start crossing.

  • Make Yourself Visible: If there are no traffic signals or if you're crossing at an unsignalized crosswalk, make yourself visible to drivers. Stand near the edge of the road, making eye contact with approaching drivers to ensure they see you.

  • Activate Pedestrian Crossing Buttons: Some pedestrian crossings have buttons or sensors that allow pedestrians to activate the crossing signal. If present, press the button or use the sensor to initiate the pedestrian signal, which will give you the right of way.

  • Look, Listen, and Proceed with Caution: Before stepping onto the crossing, look in both directions for approaching vehicles. Listen for any audible signals, such as crossing beeps or warning sounds. Once you're confident it is safe to cross, proceed with caution.

  • Walk Directly and Predictably: While crossing, walk directly across the road in a straight line. Avoid making sudden changes in direction or walking diagonally. Maintaining a steady pace allows drivers to anticipate your movement.

  • Stay Alert: Stay vigilant while crossing the road. Continue to observe traffic and be prepared to react if a driver fails to yield or if unexpected situations arise.

  • Be Mindful of Turning Vehicles: Pay particular attention to turning vehicles. Drivers may be focused on looking for gaps in oncoming traffic and may not immediately notice pedestrians. Look for turning signals and make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you before proceeding.

  • Reach the Other Side Safely: Once you've crossed the road, continue to stay alert until you reach the sidewalk or designated pedestrian area. Clear the crossing area promptly to allow space for other pedestrians.

Remember, using a pedestrian crossing does not guarantee absolute safety, and it's important to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times. Always prioritize your safety and follow local traffic regulations when crossing the road.

Can pedestrians cross anywhere?

The rules and regulations regarding where pedestrians can legally cross the road vary by jurisdiction. In most places, pedestrians are required to use designated crosswalks or pedestrian crossings when they are available. These are typically marked with painted lines, pedestrian signage, and may have traffic signals specifically for pedestrians.

However, there are circumstances where pedestrians may need to cross the road at locations other than designated crossings. In such cases, pedestrians should exercise caution and follow these general guidelines:

  • Safety First: Prioritize your safety when choosing to cross the road. Assess the traffic conditions and ensure there is enough time and distance for vehicles to see you and stop safely.

  • Visibility: Make yourself as visible as possible to drivers. Wear bright or reflective clothing, especially during low-light conditions. Make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you before crossing.

  • Look Both Ways: Before crossing, look in both directions for approaching vehicles. Check for gaps in traffic or a safe opportunity to cross.

  • Yield to Traffic: Always yield to vehicles if crossing outside of designated crosswalks or pedestrian crossings. Wait for a safe gap in traffic, and ensure that all vehicles have come to a complete stop before crossing.

  • Be Predictable: When crossing outside of designated areas, cross the road in a straight line and at a steady pace. Avoid sudden changes in direction or erratic movements that may confuse drivers.

  • Use Caution at Intersections: Exercise additional caution when crossing at intersections or areas where multiple lanes of traffic are present. Watch for turning vehicles and ensure they have yielded to you before proceeding.

  • Follow Local Laws: Familiarize yourself with the specific pedestrian laws and regulations in your area. Some jurisdictions may have specific rules regarding crossing outside of designated areas, jaywalking, or crossing busy roads.

While pedestrians may have the right of way in designated crosswalks or pedestrian crossings, it's important to prioritize safety and use common sense when crossing the road outside of those areas. Always exercise caution, be aware of your surroundings, and follow local traffic laws to ensure your safety as a pedestrian.

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