Invariably, YOU need to choose Priority

Priority amongst the following, while moving outside your house:

  • Speed
  • Safety
  • Show-off

Your choice will decide your fate and your family will have to bear the burnt if you select priority for anything, except SAFETY.

I think you got my point in the right spirit. Wish you good luck and prioritize SAFETY over anything else.

YOUR family, as well as our country, don’t afford YOU to be harmed by any mishap while moving on the road.

Undoubtedly, YOU Must Know

Everything good thing starts from your home. Firstly, if not yet, YOU must read my blog titled “Safe/Defensive Driving, YOU have No Other Option”.

India Tops the World in Road Crash Deaths and Injuries

But following statistics of India will shock YOU:
  1. Number of vehicles in India: 1 per cent of world’s vehicles
  2. Number of road crash deaths in India: 11 per cent of the World’s Total road crash deaths
  3. Frequency of killing a person in accidents: every 4 minutes
  4. Percentage of young adults (age group 18 – 45):  More than 69 per cent of the total road accident victims

Just see the Consequence of Sudden Car Stoppage

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I hope, YOU got the message rightly about suddenly stopping of the car by which the Biker not having safe following distance, he/she has made the cyclist crash with the car.
The incidence can even result in skidding of the bike also, leading to major injury to both, the Biker as well as the Cyclist.
Important Takeaway:
1. YOU must not stop your vehicle, even if you are driving your car.
2. YOU, irrespective of the kind of vehicle you are riding, must take safe following distance, all the times.
3. Even if you are riding a bicycle, YOU must have rear mirrors on both sides of your vehicle, which can well be used to see the vehicles coming from behind and will surely guide you to slow down and remain in your own lane and not jumping to adjacent lane.

Who cares! But, YOU need to…

If some of the others don’t….., YOU have to understand seriousness of the issue and act wisely by practicing Safe / Defensive driving.
Hope YOU have understood the issue, I intend to convey.

Parking of Vehicles – YOU may have come across (in India)

Hope the above photos have told you about the emergent situation/ indifferent attitude of their drivers, while parking their vehicle.
YOU must not think to emulate it, in any case / at any time. Be sensible person and great citizen of the country.

REASONS OF ROAD ACCIDENT DEATHS (INDIA)

Exceeding Lawful Speed – 61%

Intake of Alcohol – 5.1%

Jumping Red Light – 1%

Driving on Wrong side – 4.7%

Jumping Lanes – 2.3%

Overtaking – 7.8%

Use of Mobile Phones while Driving– 1.8%

Driving while Asleep / Fatigued or Sick – 1.5%

Other Improper Actions – 14.8%

YOU are expected to make sincere efforts to zero down each reason, mentioned above.
It is for YOU and YOUR loved ones.

Safe/Defensive Driving, YOU have No Other Option

If not yet, let me make YOU understand the usual approach, many of us follow while upbringing our children ignoring the importance of safe/defensive driving.

Here I am referring he/his for a boy in the below mentioned learning of a child, in context of moving outside his house /driving a vehicle.  On the similar lines, you may infer she/her in place of he/his, for a girl child:

  • As the kid starts growing up in his home, firstly he starts moving here & there.
  • When he learns to move outside, his parents do not worry to pay attention to where he moves, lest there is no vehicle moving around him. After he takes admission in Play School with only learning to board a bus/van that too under care and supervision of his parents. Driver and helper of the bus/van are expected to be cautious while boarding as well as during deboarding of the child. Non-taking care of the same sometimes results in a major mishap, which may even lead to the death of the child.
  • During the daily routine, he is not made to learn the importance of moving correctly outside his home because it is not felt so important by his parents. In most cases, his parents are more concerned about the education, sports, other extracurricular activities of the child, on regular basis.  
  • At the age between 3 – 5 years, he learns cycling (with side support) under the care of his parents or elder one. At this stage, he is made to learn to cycle on the road while keeping a distance from vehicles, more so from motorized vehicles while he moves in their locality.
  • When he owns a regular cycle and takes rides outside, he is told to drive cycle safely by moving on side of the road and stopping at red signals. By and large, he is not made to learn driving a cycle and thereafter scooter/bike under any expert guidance who can tell and asks to practice him all about safe/defensive driving and to have patient or empathy to fellow movers. He assumes that the way he cycles/drives his two-wheeler is okay unless he gets hit by any other speedily driven vehicle, due to other drivers’ fault or maybe due to his own negligence.
  • After some years, he learns to drives motorized vehicles and feels okay if he passes the driving test which is better conducted in major cities, with little importance at the town level, what to say about the village level?  After getting his driving license, he drives on roads as he likes, only keeping in mind not to encounter any traffic police. On the other hand, if it happens, in certain cases he opts to give cash for the part amount of challan only to a traffic police personnel instead of paying a fine against the official challan.
  • As he has not learned safe driving techniques /skills, he may fall prey to a major road accident or may hit non-motorized person/s.
  • There has been a lot of uncertainty during any major accident. During major accidents, some of the likelihood is as below:
    • The non-motorized deceased, who has been hit by him, may be the sole breadwinner of the family.
    • He himself may die and maybe the sole breadwinner of his family, at the time of the incident.
    • If on four-wheeled vehicle, he may hit multiple persons driving two-wheelers/non-motorized vehicle/pedestrian. In some cases, both husband and wife as well as their child on the two-wheeler may die during a fatal accident. 

Hope, YOU would have gone thoroughly and have understood the importance of safe/defensive driving.
I know, YOU will act positively for the well-being of yourself and even ask your younger ones to learn safe/defensive driving, with No Other OPTION.

Safety Starts from ME, so

  1. I will NOT over-speed my vehicle
  2. I will give right of way to other fast moving vehicles especially emergency vehicles
  3. I will NOT jump red light, in any case
  4. I will NOT drive while/after drinking alcohol
  5. I will wear helmet while driving two wheeler and Seat Belt before starting my travel in four wheeler.
  6. I will stop before zebra crossing on getting red light signal at road crossing and let pedestrians cross the road easily.
  7. I will always give due respect to pedestrians as well as non-motorized vehicles
Hope, YOU will follow same and practice them to become BEST road user.
I can hear YOUR yes, because you know that I want YOU to be safe, always.

YOU will be appreciated and ever be on Safer Side

If You will never do as done by some ignorant people, shown below:
Important Takes:
  • Respect the ZEBRA Crossing, without fail. It is intended to have it for SAFETY of all users.
  • One of the vehicle where pillion rider is a lady without any helmet. Here the driver of that two wheeler need to understand the severity of hit that may lead to head injury and even beyond that, if unfortunately the two-wheeler happens to have a collision with any other two/four wheeler due to the hasty driving of both the drivers.
  • Be careful when the climatic conditions are not normal, e.g. here there was rainy day in one pic. You must move at comparatively slower speed under such conditions, NOT to move hurriedly.
  • Cyclist may not have that much education and brain that he may be hit by motorized vehicles, if he crosses wrongly or in haste. Here, fellow people driving motorized vehicles need to show empathy towards such person and move accordingly.

Are you concerned about your safety?

Photo Clicked in Mohali (India)

If you are, You will not do the above, in any case or on any day.

HOPE You have got the concern and will not do such misadventure. We need you and wish to remain safe, while moving on road.