Road Safety – Follow traffic rules, save your future.

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Road safety is termed as the prevention and protection of road accidents by using all the safety measures to ensure the safety of the population. Road safety also includes good and safest road. The road safety measures are for all the road users such as Pedestrians, Wagons, bicycles, motor vehicles and other transport vehicle users. Each individual needs to be aware of the road traffic rules especially children and young people who are at significant road accident risks. It is found that most of the hospitalization cases and leading cause of death are because of the road trauma. Road safety is very necessary while being on the road, road accidents are the leading cause of death. Everyone need to be educated on road traffic and safety rules at a very early age to perform safer behaviors in the later life. It is a very good practice to follow all the road safety measures for each one of our safety and knowledge.

In order to avoid road accident each one of our safety on road is very is important for any automobile users to understand and practice road safety rules. Factors such as inappropriate maintenance of vehicle, poor infrastructure and a general disregard for the Pedestrians and other drivers on the road has fuelled the incidence of road accidents in India. However, speeding and reckless driving still contribute to majority of the fatalities.

There are various methods of creating awareness among public such as seminars, workshops, students education by adding basic road-safety lessons to syllabus, make people aware about green cross code means stop, look, listen, think and then cross, learning of traffic lights, understanding of road signs, etc.

Following are the road safety measures which will help to protect all the road problems. Some effective measures of road safety are like basic awareness about vehicle, defensive driving according to weather and road conditions, use of vehicle lights and horn, wearing seat belt/Helmet, well use of vehicle mirrors, avoid over-speeding, to safe drive on the dreadful road, understanding road lights, maintaining safe distance with the vehicle in front of you, proper understanding of handling crisis situation, need to carry mandatory documents while driving etc.

Drive safely for one’s own safety and for the safety of others.

Disclaimer: Views Expressed are the authors own.

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Divya Kamath is Assistant Lecturer and Nodal Officer at Edward & Cynthia Institute of Public Health

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