Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How To Be Safe on The Road

Every road user should be responsible for their safety. They should develop a positive attitude and make it a culture to be polite and cautious on the road. A pedestrian is no exception. A pedestrian should follow a few basic safety tips.
As a pedestrian, you should find a safe place to cross the road. You can use either the zebra crossing or pedestrian bridge. If you cannot find a safe place to cross, you should find a place where you can see the traffic and the drivers should also be able to see you clearly.
Moreover you should use your eyes and ears. You should look all around for traffic and listen to the sound of oncoming vehicles. When it is safe to cross, you should walk straight. You must not run.
At night, you must avoid wearing dark-coloured clothes. You must always wear bright –coloured clothes so that motorist can see you. If you are still a child, you must always hold hands with adults.
Motorcyclist is also a high risk group but you can prevent yourself from becoming the victim of road accident. First of all, you need to make sure that your motorcycle is in good condition. The brake and the tyres must always be in the best condition so that your motorcycle would have a good grip on the road.
Next, you must not wear dark-coloured clothes. You should always put on bright-coloured ones because bright-coloured clothes can enhance visibility.
Then, you should put a good helmet and it must be a bright-coloured helmet. If you have a dark coloured helmet, use a luminous stripe across the helmet. You should also fasten your helmet properly in order to ensure that your head is well-protected in case of accident.
Moreover, you should always obey the traffic rules. For example you should not beat the red light as oncoming vehicles may hit you as you do so. When you want to change lane, remember to look at the side mirrors so that you will not hit another vehicle. You must also stop at a junction and only make a turning when there is no oncoming vehicle on the road.
Lastly, do not race. It is illegal to race on the public roads as the act can bring disaster and sadness to many other road users and their family members. Racing is a selfish act as you are not only risking your own life but the lives of other innocent people. So please do not take your safety for granted.

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