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You are driving past a line of parked cars. You notice a ball bouncing out into the road ahead. What should you do?

A Slow down and be prepared to stop for children

Beware of children playing in the street and running out into the road. If a ball bounces out from the pavement, slow down and stop. Don’t encourage anyone to retrieve it. Other road users may not see your signal and you might lead a child into a dangerous situation.

Related Information

Road users requiring extra care (204 to 225)

2. Pedestrians (205 to 210)


There is a risk of pedestrians, especially children, stepping unexpectedly into the road. You should drive with the safety of children in mind at a speed suitable for the conditions.


Drive carefully and slowly when

- in crowded shopping streets, Home Zones and Quiet Lanes (see Rule 218) or residential areas

- driving past bus and tram stops; pedestrians may emerge suddenly into the road

- passing parked vehicles, especially ice cream vans; children are more interested in ice cream than traffic and may run into the road unexpectedly

- needing to cross a pavement, cycle lane or cycle track; for example, to reach or leave a driveway or private access. Give way to pedestrians on the pavement and cyclists using a cycle lane or cycle track

- reversing into a side road; look all around the vehicle and give way to any pedestrians who may be crossing the road

- turning at road junctions; you should give way to pedestrians who are crossing or waiting to cross the road into which or from which you are turning

- going through road works or when passing roadside rescue and recovery vehicles, as there may be people working in or at the side of the road

- the pavement is closed due to street repairs and pedestrians are directed to use the road

- approaching pedestrians on narrow rural roads without a footway or footpath. Always slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary, giving them plenty of room as you drive past

- approaching zebra and parallel crossings as you MUST give way to pedestrians and cyclists on the crossing (see Rule 195)

- approaching pedestrians who have started to cross the road ahead of you. They have priority when crossing at a junction or side road so you should give way (see Rule H2).

[The Highway Code]


Darren bradbury

1 year ago

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Ashish Mudaliar

1 year ago

Excellent questionnaire and detailed explanation

Solomon Indrias

1 year ago

Simple to study and it helps me alot to pass my theory test.

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