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Use The Road Safely

Wong Shu Lee  

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  November 20, 2021

On the third Sunday of November each year, the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated to remember the many millions who have been killed and seriously injured on the world’s roads. This day is to acknowledge the suffering of all affected victims, families, and communities – millions added each year to countless millions already suffering: a truly tremendous cumulative toll.

 

As we are slowly getting back to our old daily routines after being fully vaccinated, many people started to commute to work and travel inter-states, thus the number of road accident cases has increased again. 

 

In conjunction with the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, we would like to urge all road users to be more mindful and alert on the road. Below are some of the effective tips that help you prevent car accidents to a large extent. 

 

1) Follow traffic rules and regulations.

 

2) Put on seat belt while driving.

Wearing seat belt would be annoying for many people. But, this is highly vital, as wearing a seat belt would reduce the chances of road accidents, or at least provide some cushions when accidents happen. Not only drivers, passengers including adults and kids are also recommended to put on the seat belt. 

 

3) Defensive Driving

One of the best ways to avoid car accidents is to be a defensive driver. You may be a cautious driver, but it is not necessary that you would be able to overcome reckless driving. But, being a defensive driver, you could foresee probable road crashes. Also, a great way to avoid road accidents is via being courteous. Being courteous makes you more cautious and intends you to not race against other vehicles.

 

4) Don’t Drink & Drive

According to records, one of the prime causes of car crashes is due to drunk driving. This happens when a driver operates a car or vehicle while being under the influence of drugs or alcohol that may lead to mental as well as motor skills imparity. Many of the fatal accidents are because of drunk driving. 

 

But, drunk driving is completely preventable. All you have to do in order to avoid road crashes as a result of drunk driving is to refrain from taking any kind of harmful drugs or alcohol. If you have consumed some alcoholic beverages in a casual dinner, please order a GrabCar or wait until you fully sober before you drive. 

 

5) Dont Speed while driving

You can also minimize car accidents via maintaining a constant speed as well as through leaving a safe distance between your vehicle and other vehicles. Also, a useful tip to avoid road accidents is by adjusting mirrors properly and checking the side as well as rear mirrors at least every 15 seconds. 

 

6) Be careful when at Intersections

Intersections are considered a prime cause of many road accidents. Hence, special care must be taken when proceeding through intersections by looking left, then right, and then again left side in order to ensure that the area is absolutely clear. Apart from these, have a clear idea of the road conditions. This would be highly beneficial when you drive on rainy days. 

 

7) Other useful tips to avoid road accidents; 

 

  • Avoid using cell phones when driving
  • Keep your car's lights on when driving at dusk and dawn and during rainy days.
  • Check your car in regular intervals, ie constantly monitor its tires, brakes, lights, and mirrors 
  • Have a clear idea regarding the limitations of your car 
  • Keep your vehicle in good working condition 
  • Always keep your vehicle neat and tidy 
  • As far as possible, avoid driving during the night 


 

Let’s be a wise and responsible driver to reduce road accidents to an extent! 

 

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