Crossing roads

It is important that you are safe and confident when crossing roads.

The following are some general rules to follow as a pedestrian:

  1. Be visible - wear clothing that other road users can see.
  2. Avoid stepping out between parked cars, near bends or at the crest of a hill.
  3. Cross in safe locations such as pedestrian lights and marked crossings.
  4. Allow enough time to cross the road; don't rush.
  5. Once on the road do not hesitate; act predictably so that drivers can anticipate what you are about to do.
  6. Have your vision and hearing checked regularly.
  7. The most important rule to remember when crossing a road is to stop, look, listen and think.

Often people who have low vision use a monocular to identify landmarks, read traffic light signals and signs when getting about in the community. As with all vision aids, you need to be assessed for the most suitable monocular. Orientation and Mobility Specialists can assist you in the use of vision aids used for mobility.

Types of road crossings

Uncontrolled road crossings

Uncontrolled crossing can be unsafe to cross because traffic does not have to stop.

Marked crossings (zebra)

Marked pedestrian crossings are simple to identify as they have white or yellow lines which contrast with the road and often have a yellow sign identifying the crossing.

Traffic light controlled crossings

Light controlled crossings are safer than pedestrian and uncontrolled crossings, because they control traffic and indicate when it is safe to cross.

Audio tactile traffic light crossings

Audio tactile light crossings are the safest road crossings to use because they provide audio, visual and tactile signals (felt by placing your hand on the button).

When choosing the safest place to cross a road, look for marked pedestrian crossing lines or a pedestrian crossing with audio signals.

Where possible, stick to known routes, where you are familiar the conditions.

Contact us

Contact us early and get the support you need. For more information on Vision Australia’s services call our helpline on 1300 84 74 66 or email You can also connect with our services here.

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