Road safety should be the prime concern of every driver and every person on the road. Every individual must stay on the safer side while being on roads. Road accidents can have serious consequences, including death and injury. They can have a significant impact on public health, especially in low- and middle-income countries where access to healthcare may be limited. By improving road safety, we can help protect public health and reduce the burden on healthcare systems. It also has a significant influence on the economy, through the cost of medical care, lost productivity, and damage to infrastructure. Road accidents can cater to social and psychological impacts, such as loss of income, trauma, and stress for victims and their families. All these factors should be avoided to maintain road safety and help the drivers and other people on the roads.
Here are some ways in which we can avoid accidents on the road.
Follow Traffic Laws and Signals
Traffic laws and regulations are for the safety of drivers and people using the road. Always obey traffic laws and signals, such as speed limits and stop signs. This will help you avoid collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians.
Check Your Car
Before you take your car on the road, ensure it is in perfect condition. Check the fuel tank, check the wheel alignment, and ensure that all the features and aspects of your car are in perfect condition and that there is no fault in it. If you observe any sort of issue in your car, consult a mechanic or take your car to the nearest transmission shop to get it examined.
Use Seat Belts
Wear your seatbelt at all times while driving or riding in a vehicle. Seat belts are designed to protect you in the event of a crash and can significantly reduce the risk of injury or death.
Distractions while driving are a major cause of accidents on the road. Do not text, eat, attend calls, or do anything else that could take your attention away from the road while driving. Keep your focus on driving at all times if you want to be safe on the road.
Stay alert and aware of your surroundings while driving. Look out for other vehicles, pedestrians, and any potential hazards on the road. Your attention is essential; for yourself as well for others’ sake. Retain your attention and focus in the right direction while driving.
Keep a Safe Distance
Leave enough space between your vehicle and the one in front of you to allow for proper braking and to avoid collisions. Car-to-car collisions can be very risky, and they can affect the whole lane of drivers.
Avoid Impaired Driving
Don’t drink alcohol or smoke while driving. Don’t use drugs that could impair your ability to drive safely.
Be Prepared For Emergencies
Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle if you are involved in an accident or break down on the road. First aid kits are vital as one can never predict a rough situation.