As part of their Young Leader’s project, this year the SMC Young Leaders group is looking at Road Safety with a specific target to persons between the ages of 15 years to 35 years. “We feel that more than ever we have to raise our voices as young men to try to reduce the incidence of road fatalities generally and especially in the target population.”
Did You Know?
Where there is a crossing nearby use it, otherwise choose a place where you can see clearly in all directions and be seen. Try to avoid crossing between parked vehicles, on blind bends and brows of hills. Move to a place where you can see drivers and drivers can see you clearly.Stop just before you reach the edge of the sidewalk, where you can see if anything is coming. Do not get too close to the traffic. If there is no sidewalk, keep well back from the edge of the road but make sure you can still see approaching traffic.
Look all around for traffic and listen- Look right, left, and right again. Traffic could be coming from any direction. Listen as well, because sometimes you hear traffic before you can see it. When using the zebra crossing, you must wait for vehicles to come to a complete stop before crossing. When crossing, take out headphones and refrain from texting so that you can be alerted to oncoming traffic. Cross in well - lit areas at night. When it is safe, walk straight (not diagonally) across the road. DO NOT RUN! Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross, in case there is any traffic you did not see.
For Drivers- If you must text, talk on the phone, or fasten children or pets in securely, pull over the side of the road to do so. Never take the risk of getting behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking. Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. Always fasten seatbelt.
Did You Know?
That if your vehicle is fitted with airbags and you are involved in a motor vehicle collision, the airbags could kill you if you are not wearing your safety belt? Your air bag inflates at a speed of 200 miles per hour and the force of the inflating airbag could snap your neck, if you are not wearing your safety belt.
You should use your horn before overtaking, to bring the drivers’ attention to you. When you approach any traffic hazard you must consider the use of the horn as an advance warning of your presence. There are certain legal restrictions on the use of the horn at night in built up areas. So get into the habit “beep beep” on every blind bend you come across.
When riding you should:
-Anticipate the actions of others (be alert and observant)-Slow down and stop if the unexpected happens-Position yourself in the safest and best place to maximize your visibility of potential hazards, take a lifesaver’s glance over your shoulder before carrying out maneuvers, so you know where others are and what they’re doing.
Did You Know?
-You should wear the right gear when riding a motorcycle. -Always wear a helmet no matter the destination or duration of the ride.-Falling off your bike and onto the road, will shred through your jeans in seconds. -Wearing the right gear is just as important to your safety as servicing your motorcycle and knowing how to ride it. -Riders should wear bright or florescent gear during the day and reflective gear at night. Bikers must wear protective jacket, gloves, boots and trousers.