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The staggering loss of life and the incidence of life-threatening injuries occurring each year from all over the world makes it compulsory for everyone to pay more attention to traffic safety education. Whether you are a driver, motor-cyclist or just a pedestrian, you must always bear in mind that failure to pay attention to proper traffic conduct can add your name to the list of victims of highway accidents.
A ccording to a World Health Organization Press Release , two million traffic accidents resulted in 120,000 deaths and 2.5 million injured people in the whole European region. One in every three road traffic deaths involved people younger than 25 years of age. In Japan, according to a report of the National Organization for Automotive Safety & Victims Aid (OSA), " Status of recent road traffic accidents", fatalities and injuries due to road accidents in Japan totaled 999,886, with motor vehicle occupants accounting for 608,697, or 61% of the total. The death toll on USA highways makes driving the number one cause of death and injury for young people ages 5 to 27. It is reported that Highway crashes cause 94 percent of all transportation fatalities and 99 percent of all transportation injuries.
Last Updated - 30th October 2005
- Pedestrians walking along the highway must ensure that they do not cross the highway without taking proper care.
- Don't take risks with an oncoming vehicle by expecting the driver to be so nice as to jam on his brake and manage to stop before he hits you. The chap could be driving under the influence of alcohol or drug. And he might not be a good driver. Even if he is sober and he is a skilled driver there is a limit to what he can do to persuade his vehicle not to hit you.
- It is a good thing to remember that a person who has consumed alcohol must not walk on the highway. The effect of alcohol on the brain may cause you to do the very thing that will make a vehicle using the highway to hit you.
- Never get into a motor vehicle with a drunken driver.
- Don't speak angry words to your drivers that will make him become aggressive. Aggressiveness increases a driver's risk of accident.
- Don't do anything that will take the mid of your driver off the driving and the road.
- Beware of over-speeding. Speed is a major factor in many accidents. Driving too fast for the conditions of the road, weather, increases your risk for an accident.
- Make sure you reduce speed during adverse weather conditions. Rain, ice, sleet, snow, and other adverse weather conditions can increase your stopping distance dramatically. And if your vehicle's tires are worn or brakes are not so good your stopping distances increase further.
- Do not allow emotion to control your behavior. If you become angry and aggressive because of what one of your passengers says or does, you'll increase your risk of being involved in accident.
Do not use a cell phone, read, apply make-up or do anything that may deny you the use of both hands and divide your attention. However good you are at driving, you need both hands at the wheel and all your attention concentrated on what you are doing.
- Make sure you are a good enough driver before you get that car on the highway. Poor driving skills causes a lot of the accident that happens on our highway.
- Keep your vehicle in good condition. Bad steering control cause your car to leave the road and hit that object beside the road. Bad brakes and worn tires can decrease your ability to control the vehicle under emergency turning and stopping conditions.
- Replace windshield wipers regularly and keep the windshield washer full and in operating condition. Failure to do so can allow dirty or muddy water splashed onto your window to cause a "blackout" for several seconds before you can do anything about it - seconds that may mean a difference between life and death for you.
- Respect other road users. Be mature and polite enough to make room for merging traffic.
- Be patient enough to yield at intersections. Remember, impatient and inconsiderate drivers get killed or injured on the highway.
- Don't tailgate. Wear your seat belt, it will hold you in place if your car gets hit and during violent maneuvers. Many get killed in motor accidents just because they are thrown away from their seats during the accidents.
- Be vigilant. Concentrate your attention on the driving and the road. The biggest cause of accidents is complacency. Experienced and good drivers who do not pay attention on what they are doing are just as dangerous as an unskilled drivers who are just getting on the highway behind the wheels for the first time or a careless driver.
- Don't expect too much from the driver before you or behind you. Don't say, "He should be smart enough to know I am going to do this." Don't even say, "He should be smart enough to do that. He may not be!
- Watch out for careless and drunken drivers.
- Try not to get too close to other vehicles. Most accidents involve two or more vehicles.
- Stay clear of road terrors who don't care whether they arrive home in one piece or in several pieces in a coffin.
- Never overtake on a bend or curve. You could be overtaking death.
- If traffic is slowing to a stop in front of you, tap your brake a couple of times to gain the attention of the cars behind you. They always notice flashing red lights before they recognize brake lights.
- Don't drink and drive. Each year, thousands of people die as the result of driving while drunk. Not only do many drunk drivers kill themselves in accidents, they also kill other people. Even small amounts of alcohol can impair a person's driving ability. Alcohol affects the eyesight. Road signs appear to be smaller. Peripheral vision as well as the ability to judge distances and to focus on distant objects is reduced. Information processing, reflexes, and coordination are slowed down.
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