How not to fail on pedestrian crossings

When driving, you will encounter pedestrians in different situations. Knowing how to deal with them safely is one of the many skills needed to be a safe driver and pass your driving test. There are different types of pedestrian crossings and each one has its own rules. Understanding those rules could be the difference between passing or failing a test or worse, running someone over.

Let's start with the most common one.

Zebra crossing

When it comes to dealing with zebra crossings, the first thing you should do is realise that you are approaching a zebra crossing. Without realising there is s crossing you will not be able to slow down or react in time should a pedestrian cross the road.

Identifying a zebra crossing

Zebra crossings have the distinctive black and white stripes on the floor, hence the name zebra. Unfortunately you won't always see these lines until it is too late, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area you are driving in.

For some harder to see zebra crossings you will get a warning sign telling you that you are approaching a

pedestrian crossing.

Even if you miss the warning sign, there are orange flashing lights (Also known as Belisha beacons) on each side of the crossing which can be seen from far away. These are also there to warn you that you are approaching a zebra crossing.

There are also zig zag lines on the floor leading to the zebra crossing just in case you have missed the flashing beacons.

What should I do one I have seen the flashing beacons?