ROAD SAFETY GUIDELINES
Roads are built for our communication purpose and are essential in our everyday lives. Roads help us to commute and in the transportation of goods and materials. Roads are vital in promoting the growth of an economy. But, unfortunately, those roads are turning to be killing zones mainly due to violations in traffic rules and lack of awareness of road safety guidelines.
No doubt there are road safety guidelines in each country. But, lack of strong determination and willingness in following those are chief hindrances on the way of assuring safe driving.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Global status report on road safety 2018 revealed the fact that road traffic injuries are now the major killer of children and young people aged between 5-29 years. The key risks behind fatal road accidents are racing or speeding, drinking and driving, failing to use motorcycle helmets, seat-belts, and ignoring child restraints, etc.
Realizing the severity of this sensitive issue, I thought of spreading some awareness of safe driving. I wish everyone goes through this and share with their near and dear ones. Let’s have a look at those:
SAFETY INSTRUCTION FOR BIKERS:
- Always wear a good quality helmet including pillion with the chin strap properly tied. The helmet should be ISI/DOT/ECE certified preferably full-face helmets. It should be snugly fitted to your face i.e. not very loose. A loose/untied helmet causes a severe head injury.
- Wear shoes/ riding shoes, riding jackets, knee guards, and elbow guards while riding for additional safety.
- Don’t use mobile phones while driving. Park your vehicle on a suitable spot on the left side of the road and answer the call. Then again start your journey.
- Never tailgate a vehicle. Keeps a safe distance from the vehicle moving ahead of you.
- Never hurry for overtaking. Look for space and time available. Then signal the vehicle in front of you. Then overtake the vehicle after confirmation.
- Never go for road rage because roads are for driving not for racing.
- Don’t drive angry. Leave your ego & tension while driving. Drive calm.
- Always keep necessary documents, hydration pack, fast-aid and standard tool kit with you while driving.
- Don’t change the lane or turn back suddenly. Signal other drivers then do.
- Adjust both the rearview mirrors properly. It will save you in some typical conditions.
- Avoid seeing your face in the rearview mirror. That doesn’t help you to make yourself more beautiful or handsome but only distracts you from the road.
- Never do mix drinking and driving.
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS WHILE DRIVING A CAR:
- Always use seat belts for a driver as well as co-passengers.
- Never allow your children to seat in the front passenger seat because in case of an impact it will be severe for your child also the airbag can harm your child because they are designed for adults. Rather use an ISOFIX child seat.
- Put a signage “child on board” on rear window glass as well as a front windshield to aware other people so that they can be more cautious.
- Always clean your car’s windshield properly especially during the night for more visibility because the lights of oncoming traffic may blind you.
- Regularly check tyres pressure, tyres wear and all types of oil levels such as engine oil, brake oil, etc.
- While negotiating a right turn start your approach from the extreme left side of the road and in case of left turn starting from the center of the road to avoid blind-spots also it helps other oncoming vehicles to spot you easily.
- Don’t drink and drive.
SOME TIPS FOR PROMOTING ROAD SAFETY:
- Obey traffic rules.
- Follow the rules for yourself as well as for others.
- Respect the road. Enjoy your ride.
- Spread the awareness to your near and dear ones regarding road safety.
- Always encourage safe driving.
- Remember that speed thrills but kills.
- Live to ride, ride to live.
The increasing issues of road mishaps have forced the Road Transport and Highways Ministry of India to enforce the new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019. The new act has increased the penalties for traffic rule violations across the country. According to the government, the increases in traffic penalties are not for revenue creation but to safeguard precious lives. But instead of welcoming this revolutionary step from the government, people from some areas are protesting it. It is really unfortunate.
Through this article, I would like to request everyone to think for a while. Aren’t those new motor vehicle acts and road safety guidelines really good for us? Be true to yourself and answer from the core of your heart. Yes, will be the answer. So just don’t sit quietly. Be the change agent in following road safety guidelines. And, don’t forget to spread road safety awareness among others.
Always keep in mind a thing that, people are waiting for you. Some people depend on you. So, be a responsible driver, for the sake of you, your family, and friends. I welcome valuable comments and reviews on this article. Have a nice day.
AUTHOR: ER. MADHAB PRASAD PANI, ASST. PROF. IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING