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Road Safety Tips

Safety-Safety Driving

Road Safety Tips

1. Stop

  • To look
  • To listen
  • To let the other car pass
  • To let pedestrians cross
  • To protect our children on the road
  • To save lives

2. Let us remember to make our roads safe for our children.
Young children find traffic frightening as there are too many things happening on the roads at the same time. They are, therefore, unable to cope as well as an adult would. Also, the eyes of a child are not yet fully developed so it is not easy for them to focus properly on all the action in the traffic environment.

Children are our future, let us recognize their limitations in traffic and their right to be given a chance to survive.

3. Let us remember that young children travelling on our roads have a difficult time because:

  • They have limited peripheral vision (i.e. they do not see well from the corner of their eyes like an adult would).
  • They are easily distracted.
  • They tend to be playful.
  • Their body weight is not evenly distributed as the weight of their head is not yet in proportion to the rest of their body.
  • That is why they tumble easily

4. Motorists, when driving, keep in your lane. Do not occupy more than one lane. Do not change lanes suddenly. Do not keep changing from one lane to the other. Keep safe -- hug your lane and remember always to watch out for pedestrians especially children and the elderly.

5. Motorists, when approaching a bend, ask yourself -- is this a sharp bend? Am i driving too fast? Am i taking the corner too wide and too far over to the right? What could i meet around the corner? Could i stop if i had to? Use your head -- make road safety a way of life.

6. Motorists, at a four way stop you must bring your vehicle to a complete stop. Proceed cautiously through the crossing only after the other vehicles in the intersection before you, have crossed.

When turning at an intersection, always give the correct signal.

7. Motorists do not speed, always give yourself enough time and space to cope with what’s ahead. If you are speeding and an accident occurs, the impact is likely to cause great damage. Driving at a lower speed will reduce the severity of an accident.

8. Motorists, driving at a high speed is dangerous and it limits your ability to maintain control of your car if something unexpected occurs on the road. Do not speed particularly around corners, when overtaking and when the road is wet or unfamiliar. It is also good advice to cut your speed when pedestrians are nearby.

9. Don’t let your friend drive drunk.
Arrive alive. Don’t’ drink and drive.

10. Just one more drink may be too much.

11. Myths about alcohol use
Myth: A couple of drinks won’t affect my driving.

Fact: even a small amount of alcohol can affect our judgment, coordination and vision and impairs the ability to perform a complex task like driving.

12. ‘The tasks related to driving begin to show impairment with the first drink, and the degree of impairment increases with increasing alcohol consumption’.
There is no level of alcohol consumption which is ‘safe’ for the roads.
If you drink don’t drive.

13. When you drink alcohol it:

  • Impairs your judgment
  • Increases your reaction time i.e., there is a long response time
  • Creates a false sense of confidence
  • Reduces the sharpness of your vision and hearing

14. When driving, alcohol reduces skills such as:

  • Keeping your position in a lane
  • Steering
  • Determining a safe speed at which to drive

15. Pedestrians, when using the road:

  • Walk facing oncoming traffic
  • Wear light-coloured clothing at nights
  • Don’t assume the right-of-way at pedestrian crossings
  • Walk in a single file where there is no sidewalk or where the sidewalk is narrow
  • Clearly indicate to motorists and cyclists your desire to cross the road

16. Pedal cyclists when using the roads:

  • Observe stop lights and stop signs
  • Do not hold on to moving vehicles
  • Do not travel in the wrong direction on one-way streets
  • Do not tow another person on your bicycle

 

Road Safety Jingle

Hand In the Air
(pedestrian hand signal)

All pedestrians crossing the road hear this
“ when you’re ready put your hand up in the air
Then you wait until the road is clear
When you’re ready over there put your hand up in the air and then you cross when the way is clear
Got to put your hand in the air
Before you do the walking, let your hand do the talking
Got to put your hand up in the air”