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

  • A. Keep on your side of the road and drive through the ball - it won't matter if it hits your car

  • B. Keep on your side of the road and stop safely

  • C. Swerve around the ball

  • D. Flash your headlights

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    The correct answer is B
     
    Correct. If a ball has bounced out, a child might run after it, so it's safest to stop until you've ascertained it's safe
     
 
 
 

Driving carefully around children playing

Always be careful when driving around where children play, for example playgrounds and sports fields, and around schools between 8-9am and 3-4pm on week days outside school holidays.

When passing a line of parked cars look for signs of children playing. Give yourself as much of a buffer as possible by travelling closer to the centre line, unless there are large vehicles coming the other way. This will give you slightly better visibility between the cars and gives anyone stepping out from between them better visibility of you.

beware children crossing the roadIn areas where children play regularly, plus around schools, playcentres and sports facilities, you might see this sign in yellow or fluoro green.

Sometimes local communities will create their own signs, or they can be purchased from private companies, like this one:

child warning sign

Smaller children can't judge distances and speeds and don't understand the implications of stepping out into the road. Older children can be distracted by their friends. Teenagers could be looking at a cellphone and be distracted from the road.