ARE YOU READY FOR DRIVING?
Every day we come across with the news related to road accidents and the fatal cases. Sometimes the cases are so pitiful that we keep those incidents in our hind sight and instruct our family and ourselves while driving, crossing roads etc. But is there any special rules prescribed while driving? Why people ignore rules knowing the fact they will be the looser? Are people really aware of the road signs and indicators? Does the training in school helps the children to learn about the basic rules? We answer all these questions very eloquently but when it comes to us we overlook things and at the end we see the horrendous consequences.
The figure of FRSC (Nigeria) reveals that, approximately 6,000 people lose their life in road accident on yearly basis and almost the same numbers gets fatal injuries, that means roughly 32 families gets lifetime pain and suffering every day which converts 50,000 population endless suffering counting 4 members in a family.
The common rule, a driver ignores is driving the vehicle above the speed limit. This factor not only affects the driver but also the road user at large. A report WHO says, minimum of 5% reduction in average contributes for the reduction of fatal cases by 30%. Moreover, a driver always feels convenient drink and then drive. Another report of 2010 by WHO discloses that “drinking and driving law can reduce the fatal cases by 20%”.The other rules may be; not using of the horn in a liberal way, pass the road when there is no need, not observing the road indicators and signs, using of mobile phones for hours together, avoiding the use of helmets and seat belts, poor vehicle maintenance etc.
Every single child is special. Think once! What would be the condition of the family when they will get to know that their baby expired in a road accident on the way to his school? It’s shocking. Thus, there is high time for training in the school and it has manifold advantages. Such as, forming of safety clubs in the schools will enlighten the students about the traffic rules, involve them in road safety activities, and impart them how to use roads. After such exercise a child can be able to develop a skill in interacting with other fellows on various traffic situations.
Road signs, signals and markings are indispensable for ensuring safe traffic flow. These are made to aware the people regarding various traffic regulations, hazards, condition of the roads. Regulatory signs are of two kinds viz; red and yellow and they are circular in shapes. Blue circles are meant for positive instructions. The stop sign implies the prohibitive activities that mean you should stop before entering.
“A road without traffic rules is equal to a country without administrator”. Without traffic rules and indictors the country will replete with cases of deceases, injuries and disabilities. There will be incidents of arrest and punishment for breaking traffic rules or a person can be charged with some amount of fine as per the rules laid down in the constitution and in the Commission for Road Safety (Nigeria) as well. Disobey to traffic rules result in traffic hold-ups and create mental agony and turmoil among others.
At last “It’s amazing to see the beauty of the world. It’s so beautiful and so brutal. It’s a reminder that every second of life is precious.” Moreover, live and love your life.
By MottoCare Team