A recent YouGov survey suggests that 56% of non-drivers do not know what reversing lights mean.

When walking behind a parked car everyone should be aware that it is about to reverse towards you when those white lights come on

Sam Elsby – President, APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) 

Other responses to the question on how to tell if a vehicle is about to reverse included:

  • Make eye contact with the driver
  • Look for fogged up windows to know someone is in the vehicle
  • Check the car’s wing mirrors
  • The driver beeping their horn
  • Using hazard lights

At the launch of Injury Prevention Week, Mr Elsby said:

We’re focussing on pedestrian safety during this Injury Prevention Week because pedestrians account for more than a quarter of road deaths. And the very latest figures show that nearly 22,000 people on foot were killed or injured in the last year…

There is a dedicated section of the Highway Code for pedestrians, but our survey also revealed that almost three-quarters of UK adults who don’t drive said they have not read the rules, or couldn’t recall doing so…

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), Tufty hasn’t retired. Perhaps for the benefit of pedestrians of all ages, it may time for a comeback…

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