TOMORROWIT COULD BE ANY ONE OF USLET US PUT AN END TO THISMENACE OF ROAD ACCIDENTDEATHS
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2009 Tamil Nadu Tops in ROAD ACCIDENT CASES . Tamilnadu witnessed the highest number of road accidentscompared to any other state in the country in 2009 , according to theCentral Govt . Report on Road Safety . Out of the 4 , 21 , 628 accidents that occurred in India in2009 , the largest chunk of 60 , 794 accidents were reported fromTamilnadu . The number of people who have lost their lives to accident in2009 was 1 . 27 lakh in India while in Tamilnadu it was 13 , 700which is 10 % of the total number of deaths . And most people wholost their lives in road accidents were between the ages 16 and29
YOUNG RIDERS• Almost 3,000 under 25 yrs killed or seriously injured• 1 in 5 crash within 1 year of passing test• 38,800 deaths and injuries in crashes involving riders of less than 2 years experience• 1 in 3 young male rider crash within 2 years of passing their test• An 18 year old rider is more than 3 times more likely to crash than a 48 year old
Why Young Drivers?• Age• Lack of Experience• Over Confidence• Poor Hazard Perception• Speed• Peer Group Pressure• Parental Influence
Lack of Experience• This is one of the main causes of accidents among young drivers. As experience grows so the accident level falls.• Key Periods for Young Drivers – Before Starting to Drive – During the Learning Period – After the Test
Before Starting to RIDE• Parents provide almost 2 decades of informal driving lessons• Driving habits of parents influence driving behaviour of their children when they become drivers• Refresher training - child starting to learn to drive is perfect time for parent to take refresher training• Read the Highway Code
The Learning PeriodMaximise amount, type & quality of driving• Professional Lessons +• Private Practice• Around 2/3 of learners take private practice• Both ADI & Parents have crucial roles
Attitude of young riders• Young riders, especially men, are over confident and often make risky manoeuvres, including; – Riding to fast – Riding to close to the vehicle in front – Dangerous overtaking• Young Riders consistently rate their performance as above average• Good riding is considered to be the ability to handle the Bike at high speeds which is actually wrong.
Hazard Perception• Young riders often have excellent vehicle control skills and fast reactions.• But often poor at identifying potential hazards and assessing risk. Young riders tend to overestimate their abilities.• It takes new riders up to 2 seconds longer to react to hazardous situations than a more experienced rider..
Peer Pressure• Young riders, especially men, who carry passengers are more likely to have a crash – Showing off to friends – Encouraged by friends – Freedom of driving
Gender• Young male drivers have a higher accident rate than their female counterparts• Also more likely to commit driving offences• A result of some of the factors outlined previously
Making Young Drivers Safe• Limit riding at night. The majority of young driver accidents occur at night. Agree that the young driver cannot use the car at night• Allow young riders only if they are matured and fully confident to negotiate the Heavy traffic conditions of today.• Don’t lend the bike if the young rider is involved in an accident, make him/her a pillion rider and teach them safe riding.
Making Young Drivers Safe• Ask the young rider to refrain from Drinking alcohol all through his life while riding. Ask them not to get a lift with anyone who has been drinking or taken drugs• Discuss with the young riders the dangers of speeding. Outline that different situations, such as roads with pits, centre medians, busy roads , need a slower speed
Making Young Drivers Safe• Discuss the danger of distractions such as using mobile phones, loading music and eating while driving to ensure they understand the danger of being distracted• Stress the importance of passengers travelling safely. Agree that the young rider can only carry passengers if they wear Helmet.
Making Young Drivers Safe• Never allow any one use the bike if they are not willing to wear Helmet.• Make it a point that the pillion rider also wears the helmet.
PARENTS1. Help parents set good example – refresher training2. Help parents to help their children learn to drive – Training; Resources3. Help parents influence young driver after test
Conclusion• Most vulnerable group of riders. Lack experience, attitude issues, poor hazard perception, peer pressure and gender issues• Encourage young riders to wear Helmet and Drive slowly and to avoid distraction like cell phones and ipods.• Do not encourage Minors to ride Motor bikes.
When riding with your son or daughter, let them ride toincrease their experience. Offer constructive advice, but don’t be a just a pillion rider.
Please let us all Obey Trafficrules and regulations to live and let others live.