You’ve read the statistics and you know the dangers. Every time you use a road of any kind, you’re literally putting your life in the hands of the people around you. But remember, you’re not the only one doing so. People who use the road together enter into an agreement of sorts, one that says: I will do my best to make sure that you are safe, just as I know you will do your best to make sure that I am safe. This means that each pedestrian, cyclist, and driver is responsible f or the way he makes use of the roads.
It means that if we all work together, and use the roads with each other in mind, then there will be considerably less danger in the long run.
So here are a few things you can do to ensure road safety every day
At some point in time, you will be a passenger, a pedestrian, a driver or a cyclist. You need to use the road, you have a right to use it safely and you have an obligation to ensure it is safe for other road users.
As a driver:
- Be aware of what’s going on around you. That means switching off loud music and paying special attention to your mirrors before you turn or change lanes.
- Don’t assume you know what people are going to do. If it’s not immediately clear, rather wait, drive slowly, cross carefully.
- Be a passive and defensive driver rather than a hostile or insistent one
- Use your signals. They tell people which way you plan on going. Many a car accident has happened from inappropriate signal use (or no signal use at all).
- Drive with your lights on, this adds extra visibility, especially on overcast, rainy or stormy days.
- Don’t speed. The limits are set for a good reason. Don’t be tempted to speed over them, it may just be the last time you do.
- Use your seatbelts, always.
As a pedestrian or cyclist:
- Wear reflective gear
- Wear protective gear
- Don’t walk, run or cycle with earphones in, you limit your ability to hear what is going on around you. This can make the difference between life and death.
- Always signal your intentions to other road users. If you plan on cycling left, signal using your arms.