Assess the Risk of the Crossing
When you find yourself in a Situation of Uncertainty, your first step is to assess the risk of crossing there in that situation.
Because there may be approaching vehicles with drivers who would have to slow down or even stop to avoid hitting you, in order to assess the risk of crossing there you need to find out:
We will look at each of these issues in the next few pages.
- "who has the right of way here?" (page 2)
- "how likely is it that I am going to be surprised by an approaching vehicle that could reach me during my crossing?" (page 3)
- "if I am surprised with an unexpected vehicle, how likely is it that it will hit me?" (page 4)
- "if a vehicle does hit me, how likely is it that I'll be serious injured or killed?" (page 5)
Risks can vary!
As we've said before, it is important to note that we are analyzing SITUATIONS, not crossings.
The factors that affect the likelihood of being surprised and then hit by a vehicle and seriously injured or killed can vary a LOT at any crossing (we'll discuss this later).
So whenever you analyze the risks of crossing, you evaluate the factors that are present at the time that you are considering crossing.