Attention on the road

For secondary school levels:

  • S4
  • S5
  • S6

Paying attention on the road as a pedestrian

We’re all guilty of being distracted from time to time. However there are some simple steps pedestrians can take to avoid unnecessary danger.

  • Put your phone away.
  • Look both ways before you cross the street.
  • If you’re in town, use pedestrian crossings where possible.
  • Make sure you’re visible at night – especially if out walking or running on the road.
  • Avoid listening to music that completely drowns out your surroundings.
  • If you’re in the countryside and there are no pavements – walk facing the traffic so you can see what’s coming.
  • Never cross the road when you’re behind a bus or are in-between parked cars as you can’t see oncoming traffic clearly.

Class activity: Use these questions as discussion points or thought starters in pairs or in a group.

  1. How would you describe yourself as a pedestrian? Safe, responsible, or reckless?
  2. Have you ever put yourself in danger when crossing the road?
  3. Do you listen to loud music when you’re walking? If yes, why might that be a bad idea?
  4. Besides your phone – what else might distract you when you’re walking along the road?
  5. What kind of thing can be distracting for a young driver with friends in the car?
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