|Don't Be Rash Lest You Crash
The very mention of rules makes some
people rebel but traffic safety rules can be ignored at one's own
peril. What is worse, the violators might end up harming not just
themselves but law-abiding persons as well. A conscientious driver
might be observing every rule under the book but if the driver behind
him didn't bother with traffic niceties, he might add to the accident
If you were among the millions who
drive to work every day, you would probably grimace with recognition.
With traffic congestion getting worse each year in the wake of constant
growth in vehicle ownership, all kinds of people throng the roads
and your daily slog could easily put your life at risk. Driving
under such circumstances could be stressful -even making us physically
More Commuting Hours
According to the Road Information
Program, a Washington-based research group that promotes safer highways,
commuters in large urban areas spend the equivalent of about one
and a half workweeks a year stuck in traffic-a 41 percent increase
since 1990. Smaller cities are feeling the crunch too. The US Department
of Transportation estimates that the typical American motorist drives
about 22,500 kilometers a year--up 60 percent since 1969. While
these are US figures, average commuting hours has been steadily
increasing in practically every country.
Some results of such commuter combat
are predictable. Reckless driving-sometimes in the form of so-called
road rage-is often spurred by traffic frustrations. So cool-headed
commuting is essential to safeguard precious lives on the road.
Alertness Is The Key
Obeying traffic safety regulations
often makes the difference between life and death on the highway.
Only if you are alert while driving can you live to see another
day. The thumb rule is to exercise tolerance and respect other commuters'
rights. Speed might thrill but it kills more often.
Driving is a test of concentration.
Don't drive if you are drunk or are feeling sleepy. Don't get lost
in the music or mobile in your vehicle. Keep a safe distance from
the vehicle ahead of you as you could collide if the other driver
is forced to apply sudden brakes. Also keep away from parked cars.
Obey signs and signals. Seat belts
are meant to be used. Don't indulge a minor by letting him drive.
Children should play in a safe place away from the street. Use standard
helmets while driving two-wheelers and don't carry more than one
adult pillion rider. Carrying persons on the bonnet of a motor vehicle
is not done. No person should be allowed to stand or sit in a manner,
which would hamper the driver.
While walking, look all ways before
crossing the street. When there is no pavement, walk on the left
So, the next time you feel like
romancing speed, pause to think. A lot hinges on your decision as
each drop makes an ocean.
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