The Trends


Particularly vulnerable pedestrians include:


  • Children and older pedestrians who may not be able to judge your speed and could step into the road in front of you. At 40 mph your vehicle will probably kill any pedestrian it hits. At 20 mph there is only a 1 in 20 chance of the pedestrian being killed
  • Older pedestrians who may need more time to cross the road. Be patient and allow them to cross in their own time
  • People with disabilities. People with hearing impairments may not be aware of your vehicle approaching. Those with walking difficulties require more time 
  • Blind or partially sighted people, who may be carrying a white cane using a guide dog. They may not be able to see you approaching
  • Deafblind people who may be carrying a white cane with a red band or using a dog with a red and white harness. They may not see or hear instructions or signals


The Solution


There is always a risk of pedestrians stepping unexpectedly into the road. You should drive with the safety of pedestrians in mind at a speed suitable for the conditions. Drive carefully and slowly when:


  • In crowded shopping streets or residential areas
  • Driving past bus stops, pedestrians may emerge suddenly into the road
  • Passing parked vehicles, pedestrians may emerge into the road unexpectedly
  • Needing to cross a pavement or cycle track, for example to reach or leave a driveway. Give way to pedestrians and cyclists on the pavement
  • Reversing into a side road, look all around the vehicle and give way to any pedestrians who may be crossing the road
  • Turning at road junctions, give way to pedestrians who are already crossing the road into which you are turning
  • The pavement is closed due to street repairs and pedestrians are directed to use the road
  • Approaching pedestrians on narrow rural roads without a footway or footpath. Always slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary, giving them plenty of room as you drive past