The 19th - 25th November is National Road Safety Week and it's a great opportunity for us all to take a moment and think about out own road safety practices.
Crossing the road is something we do on a day-to-day basis and it’s fair to say it’s easy to become complacent about safety, especially on a familiar route, like to and from your lectures. However, it’s important to be aware and make safe decisions when crossing the road.
We’re sure you’ve been told this on many occasions since you were a child, but it can never be said enough, especially as most of us are guilty about not paying as much attention as we should when crossing a road. We’ve put together a few tips on how to keep yourself safe around Coventry’s roads.
Stop, look, listen – One we’ve all heard before but is vital to crossing safely. Look both ways, take your earphones out so you can hear traffic clearly and don’t just cross the road because someone else has.
Never Assume – Always make sure an approaching vehicle has seen you before crossing, don’t just assume they have. Always wait until all vehicles have stopped before stepping onto the road.
Check for turning vehicles – When crossing near a junction always be aware of cars turning into the road before crossing.
Always use a crossing where possible – There are plenty of pedestrian crossings in Coventry. Zebra, pelican, puffin crossing, the list goes on. If you’re unsure on how to use different pedestrian crossings click here to find out more about the highway code on crossings.
No matter how familiar your route is or how much of a rush you are in, make sure you take the time to stay safe when crossing the road.