When approaching a pedestrian crossing, start using the MSM routine as early as possible. Mirrors:
As with any hazard, it is important to know what is around you before taking action. Signal:
Consider what messages you are sending out. If you brake, who will see your brake lights? How early should this signal be given to ensure it is effective?Manoeuvre:
Start slowing down in plenty of time. It's better to be a little slow and ready for anything, than to maintain your speed and then have to make a snap decision or resort to sudden or firm braking.
Plan your approach to the crossing and try to anticipate the actions of others. Be especially careful if your view of the junction is blocked by other vehicles.Get animated examples with the interactive Pedestrian Crossings app for iPad