Your parents may not allow you to walk near the road by yourself or with your friends yet. It can be very dangerous if you don't pay careful attention to everything that is going on around you. Your parents will know when you are ready to take this step toward growing up.
There are laws and rules to help keep you safe when you are walking. If your parents do allow you to walk along the side of the road, the most important thing for you to do is to stay out of the road. This is easy if you are walking in an area with sidewalks. In areas where there are no sidewalks, you should walk facing traffic on the shoulder of the road as far from the driving lane as possible.
What about crossing the street? In some areas there are signs, signals and roadway markings to help you cross safely.
|When you cross the street at a corner with a signal light, you should wait for the green light to show in the direction you are walking.
At busy intersections there may be lines on the road called a crosswalk for you to walk between. There may also be special signals to tell you it is okay to cross the street. These are the WALK signal or a picture of a person walking like the ones shown here.
Always look both ways before you cross the street, by looking left, right and left again to make sure no cars are coming or turning into the crosswalk.
|Yellow lights and signs mean caution or that you are coming to a dangerous area. If you are waiting to cross the street, you should not cross if the light is yellow. The light is about to turn red, and cars will enter the intersection.|
|Like a yellow traffic light, both of these flashing "DON'T WALK" signals mean to use caution.
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|This sign means you are coming to a crosswalk.
|This sign means you are near a crosswalk by a school.
|When the signal light turns red, stop. If the light is red in the direction you are walking, do not cross the street.
At busy intersections there may be a DON'T WALK signal or a picture of a hand, meaning STOP like the ones shown here.
Wait to cross the street until you see a white signal like the ones at the top of the page. Then look carefully to the left, right and left again. If there is no traffic coming, cross the street.
What if there aren't any signals or crosswalks?
If you must cross the street, you should cross at an intersection if there is one. Stop at the side of the road, and look carefully to the left, right and left again. If there is no traffic coming, walk across the road. Don't run, you are more likely to fall.