While there are many factors that contribute to road accidents, adhering to some common road safety tips could make a big difference between life and death. Here are some road safety tips for road users.
- Avoid using devices while walking on the road
- When using the road, walk facing oncoming vehicles
- Wear light-coloured clothing at nights
- Clearly indicate to motorists your desire to cross the road
- Walk in single file where there is no sidewalk of where the sidewalk is narrow
- Observer traffic lights and stop signs
- Do not hold on to moving vehicles
- Ensure you are travelling in the right direction on a one-way street
- Wear a helmet at all times
- Do not wear headphones while riding
Children should always be accompanied by an adult, discouraged from playing while walking on the road and always looks left, right and once again to ensure it is safe to cross.
All motorists should not drink and drive. Intoxication makes it less like to observe traffic signs, bikers, pedestrians or cars coming from the opposite side, less able to judge distances and speed and less likely to be in control of reactions in traffic situations.
These tips appeared in the Road Safety Month June 2018 feature in The Gleaner.