Although walking is great for your health and the environment - and especially practical for old people and children - pedestrians are much more vulnerable to accidents than other road users.
It may sound obvious but you should only walk on the road if you have no choice - if there are no pavements or verges.
If you do have to, keep to the edge, walk in single file and against the direction of traffic.
Some 21% of all traffic fatalities in the EU are pedestrians. The largest share of these are 65 or over.
The amount of crashes involving pedestrians can be reduced by:
The Watch-over system of short-range sensors detects when a car is about to hit a pedestrian, enabling the driver to swerve or brake.
Projects such as APROSYS have studied how changing the shape of the front of a vehicle can reduce harm to pedestrians.