11-16 year olds

You are more at risk crossing the road now than you were at primary school.

It’s easy to see why when you think about it. Now you’re older, you’re probably out and about more with your mates. And you’ve got loads to talk about so you might not be giving the road your full attention.

Add the constant interruptions from your mobile into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Accidents happen – and those involving traffic kill more 12-16 year olds than any other type.

Follow these top tips to make sure nothing spoils your fun:

  • Make sure drivers can see you – brightly-coloured or fluorescent clothing will get you noticed from dawn ‘til dusk but reflective gear is a must once it’s dark. There’s lots of cool stuff out there – you can even jazz up your bag with clip-on reflectors and stickers

  • Give the road your full attention when you're crossing, even if you're with your mates. Look out for them too.

  • Don't use your mobile to talk or text while crossing.

  • Take out those headphones when you’re cross the road – you won’t be able to concentrate properly while listening to music

  • Don't take chances when you cross the road - cars may not be able to stop, so wait for a big gap in the traffic.

  • It’s safer using a pedestrian crossing. There's usually one only a short distance away

  • If there’s no pavement, walk with the oncoming traffic facing you

Click here to watch The Right Way or No Way (opens in a new window) - a short Highways Agency film about staying safe near motorways and other fast roads.