Kids learn to walk at a young age, but learning how to safely cross the street takes years of practice. Thousands of young pedestrians are seriously hurt or killed every year while crossing the street.
Kids under the age of 8 should never cross the street without an adult or responsible older child with them. Young children do not have the judgment, visual acuity or experience to cross safely. The following guidelines can help keep you and your child safe when crossing the street.
Steps for Pedestrian Safety
- Find a safe place to cross the street, such as a crosswalk or corner of an intersection.
- Stop at the curb or edge of the road.
- Listen for cars.
- Look left, right, then left again before crossing.
Special Considerations When Crossing the Street
Parked cars. If you must cross between parked cars, treat the cars like the side of the road—find an opening where you can see oncoming traffic and drivers can see you. Make sure to look left, right and then left again before crossing.
Corners. When standing on a corner, look over your shoulder to make sure no cars are about to turn onto your path before crossing.
Alleys and driveways. Treat alleys and driveways like you would a street—always stop, look left, right and then left again before crossing.
Approaching cars. If cars are approaching, wait until they pass and then begin the process of looking left, right, then left again before crossing.