Parents and carers play a vital part in teaching children how to cross the road safely. When you cross the road, don’t take risks – children will copy you.
Remember to find a safe place to cross, then stop, look, listen and think.
Stop just before you get to the kerb.
Do not get too close to the traffic.
Give yourself lots of time to have a good look all around.
Remember to choose a place to stop where you can see clearly in all directions, and where drivers can see you ‐ try to avoid crossing between parked cars.
Look all around for traffic – look right, look left, then look right again.
Listen carefully, because you can sometimes hear traffic before you can see it.
Do not cross until there is a safe gap in the traffic, so that you have lots of time to cross the road.
Always choose a place to cross the road where you can see the traffic coming in both directions – a straight part of the road is good for this.
When it is safe, go straight across the road – do not run.
Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross.
Look out for cyclists and motorcyclists travelling between lanes of traffic.
Last updated: Wednesday, 26 July 2023