Text version for 'Snakes and hazards'

In this game, children can move up ladders and avoid going down snakes by answering road safety questions based on the content in the ‘walking’ section of the Tales of the Road highway code for young road users:

When walking...

Be bright, be seen

Help other road users see you. Wear or carry something light coloured or bright.

Fluorescent materials are good. They show up in daylight and at dusk.

Reflective materials are good at night.

The Green Cross Code

The steps you need to follow to cross the road safely.

1). Find a safe place to cross

and where there is space to reach the pavement on the other side.

Where there is a crossing nearby, use it. It is safer to cross using a subway, a footbridge, an island, a zebra, pelican, toucan or puffin crossing, or where there is a crossing point controlled by a police officer, a school crossing patrol or a traffic warden.

Otherwise choose a place where you can see clearly in all directions.

Try to avoid crossing between parked cars and on a blind bend or close to the brow of a hill. Move to a space where drivers and riders can see you clearly.

2). Stop just before you get to the kerb

where you can see if anything is coming and where drivers can see you. Do not get too close to the traffic. If there is no pavement, keep back from the edge of the road but make sure you can still see approaching traffic.

3). Look all around for traffic and listen

Traffic could come from any direction.

Listen as well, because you can sometimes hear traffic before you see it.

4). If traffic is coming, let it pass

Look all around again and listen.

Do not cross until there is a safe gap in the traffic and you are certain that there is plenty of time.

Remember, even if traffic is a long way off, it may be approaching very quickly.

5). When it is safe, go straight across the road – do not run, keep looking and listening while you cross

Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross, in case there is any traffic you
did not see, or in case other traffic appears suddenly. Look out for cyclists and motorcyclists travelling between lanes of traffic. Do not walk diagonally across the road.

The Green Cross Code
Try not to cross between parked cars

But if there is nowhere else to cross:


Using a crossing with traffic lights

Some pedestrian crossings have a red and a green man box on the opposite side of the road (pelican crossings) and others have the box on the same side of the road as you (puffin crossings).

Push the button and wait where you can see the signal and the traffic. Once the green man shows and the traffic has stopped you can start to cross. There may be a bleeper sound at this time. You should still keep looking for the traffic while you cross.
Do not start to cross if the green man is not showing. When the green man disappears there could be:


Crossing at a zebra crossing

Crossing at a junction
If you have to cross at a road junction, look out and listen for traffic turning the corner, especially from behind you.

School crossing patrols, police or traffic wardens

When school crossing patrols, police officers or traffic wardens are controlling the traffic, wait until they signal to you to cross the road. Always cross in front of them.

Crossing where there is an island in the road

Use the Green Cross Code to cross to the island. Stop there and use the Code again to cross the second half of the road. Remember to look all round and listen. Watch out for overtaking vehicles.

If there is an island then treat each half of the crossing as separate crossings. Do not assume that vehicles will stop. Check that they have stopped before crossing.

Crossing one-way streets
Use the Green Cross Code when crossing one-way streets. Check which way the traffic is going. If there is more than one lane of traffic, do not cross until it is safe to cross the whole road.

Crossing bus lanes
In bus lanes, buses may go faster than other traffic. Sometimes they go in the opposite direction. Cyclists and taxis may also be using them so take special care when crossing.

Pedestrian safety barriers
If you need to cross the road walk to the gap in the pedestrian safety barrier and use the Green Cross Code. Never climb over or walk outside the barrier.

Take extra care where trams run along the road. They move quietly and cannot steer to avoid you.

Railway level crossings

  1. Level crossing with gate or barrier ahead
  2. Level crossing without gate or barrier ahead
  3. Level crossing without gate or barrier

Look out for these signs:
Always obey the instructions shown.

There are many kinds of crossings:

You must never cross when red lights flash or when you can hear warning sounds.

Always stop behind the STOP line. Never go past a barrier that is down, or being lowered. Remember, if the lights continue to flash after a train is gone, another train is coming. It is not safe to cross until the lights go out. If there are no flashing red lights, warning sounds or gates, you should still stop, look and listen to make sure it is safe to cross.


Plan each journey
Where do you want to go?
What is the safest way to get there?

Make sure that drivers can see you.
What sort of clothes should you wear?
Are you standing somewhere that drivers expect you to be?

Use the Green Cross Code when you are crossing the road.

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