The Hidden Dangers that Pedestrians Pose to Drivers

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Are You Truly Aware of Pedestrian Safety? Join Our Webinar to Find Out!

Are you ready to ace your driving test and become a confident, safe driver on the bustling streets of London? BDS London is excited to announce our upcoming webinar next Thursday, focusing on one of the most crucial aspects of driving: pedestrian crossings.

Webinar Highlights:

Recognising Different Types of Pedestrian Crossings in England:

  • Zebra Crossings: Marked by black and white stripes on the road, these crossings do not have traffic lights. Drivers must yield to pedestrians stepping onto the crossing.
  • Pelican Crossings: Controlled by traffic lights with a flashing amber phase. Pedestrians press a button to activate the lights.
  • Puffin Crossings: Similar to Pelican, but with sensors that detect pedestrian presence, adjusting the light timings accordingly.
  • Toucan Crossings: Designed for both pedestrians and cyclists, with traffic lights controlling the flow.
  • Pegasus Crossings: Accommodate horse riders along with pedestrians, with higher buttons for riders to press.

Key Markings and Traffic Light Types:

  • Zebra Crossings: Look for the striped markings and give way to pedestrians.
  • Traffic Lights: Understand the significance of green, amber, and red lights at crossings, especially the flashing amber at Pelican crossings, which means proceed if clear.

Common Failures and How to Avoid Them:

  • Zebra Crossings: Highest rates of driving test failures. Always anticipate and be ready to stop.
  • Flashing Amber Light: Yield to pedestrians on the crossing, proceed if clear.
  • Green Light with Pedestrians: Even if the light is green, stop and let pedestrians finish crossing.
  • Zigzag Lines: No overtaking or parking near crossings, ensuring clear visibility.

Dos and Don'ts at Pedestrian Crossings:


  • Apply the IMSM (Identify, Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre) routine.
  • Be vigilant and anticipate pedestrians.
  • Stop well before the crossing if traffic is backed up.
  • Adapt your driving in poor weather or visibility conditions.


  • Block the crossing in traffic.
  • Overtake near crossings.
  • Wave pedestrians across – they must make their own decisions.

Understanding Zigzag Lines:

Mark the approach to crossings, indicating no overtaking, parking, or stopping to maintain clear sight lines for both drivers and pedestrians.

Approaching Light-Controlled Crossings:

  • Observe traffic signals meticulously.
  • Be prepared for sudden changes due to pedestrian activation.
  • Maintain awareness of all surrounding traffic, including stopped vehicles on the opposite side.

Hazard Awareness:

  • Recognize the dangers posed by vehicles blocking your view.
  • Stay alert for pedestrians stepping out from behind obstructions.

Join our webinar to gain a comprehensive understanding of these points and become adept at navigating pedestrian crossings with confidence. Our expert instructors will provide valuable insights and practical tips to ensure you are well-prepared for your driving test and beyond.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your driving skills and safety awareness. Register now for our webinar next Thursday and take the first step towards becoming a more skilled and responsible driver!

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