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Taking Your Theory Test? Do You Know Your Pedestrian Crossings? Part One

Pedestrians, along with cyclists, are a driver’s worst nightmare, but they’re a part of life on the roads. Book Theory Test Today takes you through the various types of pedestrian crossing to help you pass your theory test and practical exam. In part one of this two part series we take a look at the Zebra, Pelican & Pegasus crossings.

Did you know? There are six types of pedestrian crossing and it’s a good idea to learn about them all as you prepare for your theory test and practical exam. Why? Because it’s always the one you didn’t study that pops up on the exam, d’oh.

Four of the six crossings are named after animals, while one is named after a creature from Greek mythology.

Pedestrian Crossings

Here’s part one of the most common crossings that you’re likely to be asked a question about on your theory test. You will certainly encounter one of these on your practical driving exam as well.

The Zebra Crossing 

Introduced to UK roads in 1949, the Zebra Crossing proved to be a very successful way of allowing pedestrians to cross the road safely. However, in recent years, Britain’s motorists have started to become less inclined to stop at these crossings, resulting in several fatalities and serious injuries.

Zebra Crossings were mainly used because they’re cheaper to install than the more familiar light controlled crossings. But, due to ongoing safety concerns, the Zebra Crossing is gradually being phased out.

Zebra Crossing top tip for your theory test: Drivers are not required to stop at a Zebra Crossing.

The Pelican Crossing

Seen on Britain’s roads for the first time in 1969, the Pelican Crossing is recognised as the first light controlled pedestrian crossing to be successful. This crossing is still in widespread use today. It uses a flashing amber light, which is used to reduce traffic waiting times. The light permits drivers to proceed on their journey if the crossing is clear.

However, although the amber light procedure does improve traffic flow, it has been known to cause confusion from a driver point of view concerning right of way.

Pelican Crossing top tip for your theory test: Drivers are permitted to proceed when the amber light is flashing, provided the crossing is clear.

The Pegasus Crossing 

Named after the stallion of Greek Mythology, Pegasus Crossings are also referred to as Equestrian Crossings. This type of crossing allows pedestrians, dismounted horse riders and mounted riders to proceed across the road safely.

They are usually found outside of racecourses and stables, featuring two control panels. One is positioned at the correct height for pedestrians, while the other is positioned at a height of approximately two metres for mounted riders.

Pegasus Crossing top tip for your theory test: Pegasus crossings are identifiable by zig-zag lines.

That concludes part one! In part two the toucan, puffin and school crossings. Watch this space for more top theory test tuition…

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