Pointers For Travelling Pedestrians

Knowing local street-crossing styles could make the difference between happy and hurt.

Pointers For Travelling Pedestrians
Photo: Thinkstock

1. Bangkok: Sometimes it’s better to take matters into your own hands. As you step off the footpath, either hold up your hand or motion downwards to give drivers warning that they need to slow down and stop as you cross.

2. Rome: Slow and steady is key. Step off the curb and the flow of traffic will miraculously part around you. However, hesitate and you’ll mess up the drivers’ timing and find yourself at the receiving end of angry horns.

3. New York: According to Lonely Planet, New Yorkers can be careless and will cross the road without a thought about oncoming cars. When checking traffic, if you make eye contact with a driver you have to give right of way – it then becomes your responsibility to avoid the vehicle.

4. Vietnam: If you walk at a steady pace, motorists will race around you with ease. But if you stop suddenly you could find yourself at the mercy of one of many speeding scooters.

5. United Kingdom: While traffic is relatively tame, the “Look right” directions aren’t always enough. Considering all the one-way streets, bustling city traffic and cyclists at every angle, Lonely Planet advises you get into the habit of looking both ways at every crossing.

6. Germany: It’s uncommon to see locals straying from designated crosswalks. Although this good behaviour is common sense, it might also have something to do with the presence of police who have been known to issue jaywalking tickets.

Subscribe to Reader's Digest magazine for more great travel tips...

 
Recommended For You
Featured Articles
Why Are Traffic Lights Red, Yellow and Green? Magazine
Why Are Traffic Lights Red, Yellow and Green?
Ever wondered why blue doesn't mean go and brown mean stop? Turns out, there's a perfectly good explanation for it.
How to Kick a Sugar Addiction Without Missing the Sweet Stuff Health  
How to Kick a Sugar Addiction Without Missing the Sweet Stuff
Have a yo-yo relationship with sugar? You're not alone. Here's how to break up with sugar for good – so you can finally stop those midnight cookie cravings.
How to Get What You Paid For Magazine  
How to Get What You Paid For
Our tears are far more important than scientists once believed.
10 Things You Should Never Do On An Airplane Travel
10 Things You Should Never Do On An Airplane
Experts reveal where the germs are hiding and how to stay healthy and comfortable while airborne.
Advertisement