ROADSAFETYBy Ruth Lepago Health Teacher Samsenwittayalai School
Start Early• A. Safety awareness should begin from childhood, as it is difficult to impart awareness to a grown up human. If safety awareness is imparted in childhood, safety will be a habit. Teach children about safety as early as or before the age of Six.
B. Video, computer games that simulate racing should be discouraged by parents as it will develop racing habit in children.• Don’t allow children to
C. Cinema, Serials and Advertisements involving Racing, over speed / highly risky riding etc should be watched by children ONLY with Parental Guidance. Warn
D. Children below a certain age should not be permitted to do cycling in busy roads and in roads where heavy vehicles are moving.E. Parents of children residing near busy roads should keep the gates closed
F. Do not give cycles and two wheelers to children until they are mentally mature enough.G. Ensure that children use helmets while
H. Back seat riders should use helmets alsoI. If a helmet is not available do not accept the offer of a lift.J. Do not forget to fix the chinstrap of your helmet. Otherwise it will
K. Ensure that your helmet is of good quality meeting standard specifications. Otherwise replace it TODAY!L. Follow or obey speed limits.• . 90 % of accidents can be avoided by driving at the specified speed
M. Always maintain safe distance with the vehicle in front.N. Don’t allow children to use mobile phones while driving / riding.O. Ask your children to avoid listening to music
P. When your family is planning to buy a new car, go for a Yellow or another bright colored one. Avoid the
Q. Buy ONLY yellow- colored or other bright colored cycles for your children.R. Never drink and drive. Somebody is waiting for you at home.S. Never use
T. Avoid long trips during night, as far as possible.U. Insist that your child uses bright colored clothes if he/she is going for an early morning walk, cycling, walking night or if the lighting is poor due to mist or some other
V. Do not allow children or teen agers to be unruly and noisy inside the car because this can distract the driver’s
W. If you are driving at night, get refreshed at regular intervals by having a face wash or by having a cup of coffee or tea. Somebody
X. There is a practice of keeping the traffic signals into standby mode at night and on holidays. It is highly risky, so be extra cautious at junctions with signal
Y.. Advertisement boards and other items may obstruct visibility at junctions, curves and other parts of the roads.
Z. A small pool of water or a hanging branch of tree / rope / cable on roadside can cause accidents, because such obstructions will make the pedestrians / drivers take sudden LATERAL movements which may result in an accident. Drivers and pedestrians should avoid making sudden lateral movement.
AA. Restrict speed at known accident prone areas.• Old age drivers should have their eye checked periodically.• Make regular check ups of your vehicle regularly especially before a long journey.
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