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Road Safety

Monday, December 15, 2014


It’s all a wonder how someone perfectly fit and healthy a moment back, turns lifeless after a single crash. Shocking, isn’t it?
Did you know that the first road built in 4000BC was meant to provide a more solid and comfier surface to the wheeled vehicles? And today, there is this one road and it is used by cars, trucks, pony-carts, cyclists and even the pedestrians. Also, there has been a drastic rise in the number of vehicles on road, and in turn, the number of road accidents with negligible or no improvements in the conditions of roads.
The first and the most important thing to be considered is that accidents aren’t a natural calamity. Rather, they are self-caused disasters. One fine morning, you get into your car, eager to go someplace important, probably an interview. There are hopes in your eyes and expectations in the eyes of your parents. All through the distance between your home and the office, you keep thinking of whether or not you’ll bring home the beckon. Way too excited. When suddenly things slip out of your hands and the next moment you open your eyes on a hospital bed. Your parents surrounding you, with tears in their eyes. Calamitous. Way too calamitous. So who is to be blamed for breaking so many hopes?
The only cause of road accidents I could think of is cognitive content. It could either be by avoiding road safety rules, carelessness or escaping away. So here are some of the preventive measures to avoid safety rules to the maximum.
Wear seatbelts. Don’t forget they are your lifebelts.
Don’t forget to park the phone before you drive (yea you heard me right. The phone.) No calls are as important as your lives. Keep that in mind.
Avoid driving during the nights as far as possible.
Do not drink and drive. Save yourself from lifetime regrets if you can.
Drive carefully when children are around. Those innocent souls have seen nothing yet. And they know not what this could lead them to. Also parents should keep an eye on their children when on or near roads. I once read a signboard saying, “Children left unattended will be sold to the circus.” Though sarcastic, it really said a lot. Also, be aware of the stray animals that can often be seen on Indian roads.
Anticipate other people sharing the road with you. Keep your eyes open.
Do not over speed. Remember the promise you made while leaving from home. “Get yourself and kids back alive.”
Road signs are not for showpiece purposes. Follow them.
It is dangerous to tailgate another vehicle. Sudden brakes can take your life in wrong direction.
Overtaking should be done after ensuring full safety.
Check the functioning of headlights before driving at night.
Wrong-sides are the new right-sides these days. Thus leading to a huge loss of life and property.
People driving 2 wheelers should always wear a helmet. What a king is without his crown?
Pedestrians should make use of the zebra crossing before crossing the road. Also, look right, left and right again before crossing.

People often try to run away after crashing into someone, leaving the person half dead on the road. But what if he was rather their own son or brother? Would they still have done the same?
The need of the hour is a promise of no more victims on the roads. Be careful. Think of others. And be a saviour.

In response to Indiblogger and The Nissan Safety Driving Forum.