The majority of accidents involving pedestrians take place in suburbs which are usually packed with homes, schools and civic amenities.
The large number of people in these areas increases the likelihood of accidents while the number of young people and children further heightens the possibility of death and injury.
The best tip for driving in residential areas is to slow down, right down to about 30km/h so that you have more time to avoid a pedestrian that suddenly encroaches onto the road.
It also pays to look ahead as far as possible and identify possible places where pedestrians which includes young children may emerge. High risk areas include schools, junctions, near shops and homes.
Keep a lookout for traffic calming devices such as speed bumps, islands, bollards and stripes as they are clues of danger zones. The moment you see these devices, follow the posted speed limits.
Remember that going slow is the best strategy for driving in residential areas.