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8 Road Safety Tips for Motorists – [Infographics]

Road safety tips for motorists are crucial for all of us when we hit the road with our wheels. As we can’t predict what is going to happen, hence it is wise to take precautions all the time. Accidents are the topmost things which await daily riders.

Each of us is responsible for road safety as well as our own safety. Whether a car driver, truck or lorry driver, a motorist, a cyclist or a pedestrian, he/she must follow the rules and regulations that are necessary. Road users must have patience and should be always alert and careful on the road and ought to be kind to other road users.

Unfortunately, bike accidents can and do happens. Dangerous roads, faulty gear, negligent driving, etc can lead to unsafe situations. But there are several ways which can help them to keep themselves safe and secure on road. The main or the key thing that every motorist must take care of is they must follow all the rules and regulations and safety tips that are essential for them.

Here we are showcasing certain safety tips for motorists in the form of an infographic.

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Road Safety Rules: Every School Must Know

 

Driving is fragmentary without safety norms and regulations. Nevertheless, India is a country with diverse cultures, religion, and beliefs.  Road safety rules India are designed to suite the interests of every citizen irrespective of their religion or culture. Arguably, enforcing the safety rules can be an immense challenge for you. Hence, it is wiser to teach children regarding the essential road safety rules right from the school age.

The following are the major road safety rules in India that you should carefully consider:

  • He or she should be a citizen of India
  • Only the person above 18 years is permitted to drive on Indian roads. And the age should be clearly shown in his/her driving license
  • Usage of mobile phones is prohibited as it results in road accidents
  • No person is allowed to drink and drive since it is found to be a deadly combination
  • Seat belts should be utilized while driving, especially drivers and the people who sits in the front seat of a vehicle
  • Never blow the horn unnecessarily, especially in places such as hospitals and schools
  • Every vehicle should follow their respective speed limits. For a car, the speed limit is 60km/hr and the speed limit for buses is 40km/hr. Meanwhile, those who do not follow the speed limits should pay heavy penalties to the relevant authorities
  • Red light jumping is considered as a serious offence. A person who is caught for this violation should pay heavy fines or license is taken back by the authorities
  • Be extra cautious, especially when you pass schools as kids cross the road carelessly
  • Cross the road at the zebra crossings
  • Wear helmets while driving a bicycle or motorbikes. The violation of this rule may either result in surrendering the license or pay hefty fines
  • As per traffic rules, all cyclists should share the left side of the road while fast moving vehicles share the right side of the road
  • Obey the sign boards, which is usually planted on the side of the road 

Here follows certain rules that should be followed by pedestrians:

  • Every pedestrian should walk on the footpath and not in the middle of the road
  • Follow the usual road crossing procedure- “Look right, then left and right again”. And cross the road once it is clear
  • Always walk on the left side of the road
  • Utilize the zebra crossing for crossing the road

Here follows the road safety rules for bus commuters:

  • A bus commuter should compulsorily board the bus at the bus stop
  • No bus driver should stop the bus for the passenger in the middle of the road 
  • If the bus is crowded, never hang on the bus as it is dangerous and patiently wait for another bus 

Ordinarily, the above road safety rules and regulations are designed for ensuring road safety of the Indian citizens. As a matter of fact, even a slight carelessness can destroy your valuable life and henceforth, it is sensible to follow the safety rules. 

For inculcating road and civic sense in Indian citizens, you can organise awareness programs that train them to be extra sensitive. Moreover, safety rules can be successfully enforced only when people understand its importance, be empathetic to other citizens, and consequently, an urge to follow rules comes within them. Being a proud Indian, it is your duty to follow every set of rules designed by the Government of India.

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Road Safety Checklist for School Buses

 

Schools have always been implementing all essential measures to ensure the safety of the students. However, in a hurry to implement the measures, they happen to miss out something at the end, thus leading to fatalities. The best way to tackle this issue is by creating a road safety checklist for school buses.

Here is what you must include in your checklist:

    1. Braking Systems of School Bus

    Here are the steps to check the efficiency of braking systems:

    Step 1: Check whether the air pressure is at maximum while starting the school bus     and also make sure that air pressure remains constant when you switch off the     vehicle engine

    Step 2: Press and hold the brake pedal in such a way that it drops a little and then it     remains constant

    Step 3: If the pressure goes on decreasing, it indicates that the braking system is      having an air leak 

    Step 4: Start the school bus and pump the brake till the pressure becomes half of the     braking system. The low pressure indicator must produce a buzzing sound as well as     a flashing light

    Step 5: Make sure that air pressure adjusts and recharge to the maximum

    Step 6: Braking system should be checked on a weekly basis


    2.  Tyres of School Bus

  • Tyre pressure should be adjusted according to manufacturer's specification, that is, based on the load being carried by the vehicle
  • Tread pattern of tyre must be consistent and  tread depth must not be less than 1mm
  • Tyres must have same size and type on the same isle
  • Ensure that dual wheel tyres never make wall contact, never have same size, and its air pressure must be within specified limits
  • It is essential that tyres on a dual wheel makes ground contact on a flat surface especially, when the vehicle is unladen
  • Examine the lumps, cracks and bulges in the side walls of school bus tyres. Also, make sure that there is no hindrance between dual wheels

    3. Steering of Bus

  • Steering must function freely from lock to lock
  • Ensure that the power steering reservoir is full
  • Check for stone damage and leaks in pipes
  • School bus undercarriage should be checked routinely for any oil or fluid leakage  
  • Ensure that the steering wheel of the school bus does not have any crack in it

   4. Windscreen, Windows and Wiper blades of School Bus

  • Check whether the windscreen, wiper blades and windows are in proper condition. Immediately repair if it is clouded or cracked anywhere as it hinders the driver's view of the road
  • Windscreen and windows must be clearly recognised as safety glass
  • Make sure that side glass of the school bus is not cracked, which may obstruct the driver's view
  • Ensure that at least one wiper in front of the bus works properly

 5. Lights

  • Check whether the headlights, front and rear park lamps, tail lamp, stop lamp, hazard lamp and reverse lamps of the school bus work 
  • Ensure that all peripheral devices like reflectors are in working condition 

6. Bodywork

  • Make sure that bolt-on accessories like bumpers, mirrors, etc. are not damaged 
  • Ensure that the overhead storage racks are not overloaded
  • Emergency exits must be made visible

If school bus safety is your priority, ensure that all the above mentioned things are checked before the school bus starts its journey. 

    “Safety is more important than convenience”

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Road Safety Tips for Different Types of Road Users

 

A historic move towards reducing the number of traffic accidents by fifty percent all over the world was taken by the 2200 delegates from various countries at the Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety dated November 25, 2015. India was a part of this key initiative which aimed to rethink its stand on the transport policies and to revamp them to favour sustainable modes of transport over other means. 

The key concerns are enforcement of road safety rules and regulations for the larger benefit of the people in a society facing challenges like increased transportation and lack of public awareness.  Road safety tips taken at the appropriate situations and by people can reduce the accident rates considerably. 

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Road safety rules and regulations have outlined the measures to reduce the risk of civilians getting injured or killed while on roads. Road users include motorists, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users, etc. 

1. Tips for motorists

The roads are built primarily for the transport of motor vehicles and the first priority goes to them, but not always.

a. Obey Road safety rules and regulations stipulated for motor vehicles at all times

b. Look for the traffic signs before you cross signals 

c. Drive within the speed limits prescribed. Ideally one should drive at approximately not more than 30 kmph near busy places such as markets and residential areas

d. Don’t forget to wear helmets while driving. Helmets should be ISI marked and buckled properly

e. Keep vehicle fit. A sudden breakdown of the vehicle while on the road can cause hardships not only to you but also to fellow road users and traffic personnel. Besides, towing a four wheeler to a garage for maintenance works from the middle of the road can cost you a lot. This can be avoided if you regularly check and take care of your vehicle.

f. Stop or slow your vehicle and allow the pedestrians to cross roads at unmanned / unsignalled Zebra crossings

g. Always wear seat belts while driving four wheelers 

h. Avoid rash/negligent driving

i. Don’t drink and drive. It can lead to death

j. Avoid using mobile phones while driving. It is not advisable to talk on mobile even when stopping at signals. Accidents are more common when motorists tend to ride fast at the signals when it turns green. They often tend to ignore the oncoming vehicles or the signal changes while talking on the mobile. In case you want to pick up an urgent call, park the vehicle to the side of the road and put the brake lights on, and allow other motorists to pass by. 

k. While crossing unmanned railway lines, be sure to think of safety first. 

l. It is ideal for taxis, school buses, auto rickshaws etc. which need to alight or drop passengers to keep to the left of the road so as to not cause discomfort to other road users. Also, put on the brake lights before stopping so that the vehicles behind can avoid a collision. 

m. Install GPS trackers and monitors. You can avoid stopping at every turns and asking for the right directions to other road users. Such actions can cause trouble for other road users and tend to consume your precious time and fuel. 

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2. Tips for pedestrians:

a. Use sidewalks wherever possible.

b. Always use zebra markings to cross the road

c. Don’t text while walking

d. Avoid playing games while on busy roads. A simple moment of distraction can lead to disasters. For example, the virtual game Pokemon Go has caused around 1, 10,000 deaths in the first 10 days of its release in U.S. With the virtual reality games coming up in developing countries with poorer road conditions and reduced enforcement of traffic rules primarily due to lack of adequate personnel.,  the numbers might still be higher. 

e. Jaywalking should be avoided. 

f. While travelling with children, hold their hands firmly and keep them close 

g. Teach young kids about road safety rules and regulations so that they can understand and follow them

h. Set the right example for children by following the road safety rules

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5 Simple Ways India Can Improve Road Safety

 

Have you ever wondered why road accidents are more in India? It is a known fact that road accidents are the leading cause of deaths in India. Indian roads are a nightmare for drivers. Majority of Indian roads are in miserable condition and  during rainy season, they are completely catastrophic.

According to the 2014 survey, it was found that most of the road related deaths in India are caused by humps, speed breakers, and potholes. 11, 400 people died due to pathetic road conditions and about 4100 people died as a result of crashes on the roads undergoing repairs or construction works.

Here are the 5 simple ways by which road safety in India can be improved:

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1. Proper construction of roads

If the roads are constructed with space for pavements, bus bays, and smoother bends, chances for road accidents will be reduced. Ditches are a chronic problem that spoils Indian roads. They should be immediately taken care of.  This will considerably reduce the accident rates and extra expenses on road repairs.

2.   Implementation of the road safety laws

Quite often, road accidents are caused by violation of road safety rules. When rules are strictly implemented, this problem can be solved easily. Placing police officials at various points may not work every time. Instead, you can seek the aid of traffic technologies such as ticket analysers, speed guns, and breath analysers. 

3.  Monitoring of roads

When you start monitoring the roads through CCTV cameras, certain traffic violations such as violating speed limits, motorcyclists without helmets, people not following road safety rules, etc. can be reduced, as they have a feeling that they are being watched. 

Otherwise, you can replace obsolete systems with modern traffic solutions. Some of the benefits of using modern technologies in traffic are as follows:

  • Cost effective
  • Save energy and manual labour
  • Smoother operations
  • Improve road safety

4. Quick response time

Usually when an accident happens, the response time is too long, which eventually leads to the death of the victim. The system being slow and disorganized, there is a chance for more casualties.

If the CCTV cameras are integrated with intelligent solutions, traffic officials will be able to get real-time data and with that information, they can take immediate action at emergency situations. Road safety awareness can also help traffic and transportation departments to smoothly overcome the adverse situations on the road.

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5. Phone booths and health centres

Though people have smart phones in their possession, they often face network issue. Poor network is a common issue found in highways. Hence, phone booths can be of great help to people as they can quickly contact the relevant authorities, especially, in the case of accidents. 

A health centre can be constructed on highways that help you to provide first aid to accident victims before admitting them to the hospital. In addition to this, you can also arrange mobile emergency services for highways in order to reduce the road accident rates and thereby, enhance road safety.

Implementation of technology on Indian roads can help you to have a safe and smoother public transit service. Cities and suburbs are increasing in number, and so is the number of vehicles on the road. Receiving road safety education at the right time will also help to improve road safety. Road safety education must be made a part of school curriculum. Also, conducting awareness programs for people will help you to achieve the road safety goal. 

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30 Essential Road Safety Rules in India

Every now and then, we come across new vehicles on the road. Hence, it is vital to know and to follow the basic road safety rules and to ensure that everyone else follow these rules too. The road safety rules are designed to suit the best interest of the Indian citizens. In a huge country like India, it may be difficult to execute these safety rules; but, it is not impossible.

Here are 30 essential road safety rules to be followed in India:

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1. Keep Left

Drive adjacent to the left side of the road and let other vehicles in the opposite direction to pass on the right hand side. 

2.  Turning Left

If you want to turn left, stay close to the left side and then, turn left. After turning, continue to stay to the left side of the road. 

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3.  Turning Right

When you want to turn right, you should first come to the centre of the road carefully and then, turn right keeping your vehicle close to the left side of the road. 

4.   Passing

Always remember to pass or overtake the vehicle in front of yours from its right side. 

5.  Passing Prohibited

Overtaking or passing a vehicle and progress in the same direction is prohibited in the following cases:

  • If overtaking or passing causes trouble to any other vehicle moving in any direction
  • Overtaking is prohibited in a curve as you may not have a clear view of the road ahead and sometimes, it may lead to serious accidents
  • It is not wise to overtake or pass if you see the other vehicle's driver already starting to overtake your vehicle
  • If the other driver does not give a signal allowing your vehicle to overtake their vehicle

6.  When another Vehicle Overtakes your Vehicle

You should not try to increase your speed or do anything that prevents the other vehicle from passing or overtaking.

7.  Intersections

You should be extra cautious while approaching a junction, intersections or a crossing. Make sure that your vehicle does not cause any inconvenience to other vehicles or pedestrians.

8.   Right of Way

While approaching an intersection, always give a right of way to vehicles already progressing on that particular road. In other cases, you should proceed only after giving way to vehicles approaching from the right side of the road..

9.  Emergency Vehicles

As a road user, it is your responsibility to give way to fire service vehicles and ambulances.

10.  Pedestrians

Pedestrians have the right of way at pedestrian crossings or zebra crossings.

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11.  “U” Turns

U turns can only be taken when

  • there is no warning sign nearby
  • you give a proper indication to other vehicle drivers that you are going to take a U turn either by hand signals or vehicle indicators
  • you confirm through the mirrors that there is no traffic behind your vehicle 
  • there is no traffic around your vehicle and take U turn only when it is safe

12.  Required Signals

 If your vehicle indicators get damaged without any warning, what will you do? At this juncture, hand signals can be really helpful and hence, it is essential for you to learn them. Here are certain situations where hand signs can be used when your vehicle indicator or brakes are not in proper working condition:

  • When your vehicle is slowing down
  • When your vehicle is preparing to stop
  • When you are planning to turn right or overtake a vehicle from the right side
  • When you plan to turn left
  • When you give permission to the vehicle behind you to overtake your vehicle

13.  Indicators

By using mechanical devices or electronic devices, you can simplify the signals for indication.

14.  Parking

When you park the vehicle, make sure that it does not cause any hurdle or disturbance to any other road users.

15.  Registration

No goods or loads should be kept in a way that hinders the visibility of other vehicles, the headlamps, tail lamps or the vehicle's registration number. If the vehicle's registration number is some way tampered, it should be replaced immediately with a duplicate one.

16.  One way Roads

In the case of one way roads, try to drive only in the direction indicated on the road signs. Never park your vehicle in reverse on a one way street.

17.  Stop Lines

When there are stop lines on the road, ensure that you stop the vehicle behind those lines. 

18. Towing

No vehicles should be towed closer to other vehicles on the road. Some of the exceptions are:

  • Vehicles that are mechanically disabled
  • Partially assembled vehicles
  • Registered trailers and sidecars

All these vehicles are allowed to tow for the purpose of delivery, reaching the nearest service station, or garage.

19. Noise

Drivers should not:

  • Use the horn needlessly 
  • Use the horn in prohibited areas like hospital zones, school zones, etc.
  • Use horns that are blaring, irritating, or loud
  • Use vehicles that cause a lot of noise when in motion
  • Drive vehicles without proper silencers

20.  Traffic Lights and Signs

Always obey traffic signs, the instructions given by traffic officials or any other authorized person. 

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21.  Following Distance

It is better to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you since there is a chance for the vehicle to stop suddenly. When you keep sufficient distance, you will be able to avoid unnecessary hazards.

22.  Right of way on Steep Roads

When the width of the road decreases, it will be difficult for each vehicle to pass at the same time. In such cases, it is always better to stop your vehicle aside and let the other vehicle pass.

23.  Obstruction of Control

You should not allow anything that obstructs the view of the road. No one should be permitted to settle, stand, or place anything that hinders his control on the vehicle.

24.  Passing Pedestrians

Do not drive your vehicle at a speed of more than 25 km/hr, especially when you pass a procession, meeting, strike, or a march. 

25. Tractor and Goods Carriages

It is not allowed to carry passengers on a tractor. Also, drivers of good carriages should not allow more passengers than registered.

26. Loading

It is dangerous to overload vehicle with materials. There should not be anything in the loads that extend towards the front, back or rear side of the vehicle that cause inconvenience to other road users. Also, it should follow the height restrictions decided by the authorities.

27. Dangerous Materials

 It is better for a public transport service to not carry explosive, inflammable, or harmful substances as it can be dangerous to them as well as other road users.

28.  Driving in Reverse

When you take reverse, you should ensure that it does not cause annoyance to any other people on the road.

29. Essential Documents

A driver should possess the following documents while driving a vehicle: –

    a.  Driving license

    b.  Registration certificate of the vehicle

    c.  Taxation certificate

    d.  Insurance certificate

    e.  Fitness certificate

    f.  Permit

All the above documents should be produced on the demand of a police officer or any authorized person. If the documents are not with them, either the attested copies should be given to the officer directly or sent by post within 15 days. 

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30.  Additional Regulations

In addition to the rules mentioned above, the drivers should be aware about their duties, speed limits, weight limits, signals, etc. Also, they should have an idea about the consequences of driving vehicles without relevant documents, drunken driving etc.

The above mentioned rules can be very much valuable for people of all ages. These rules can make the people safe and secure on the roads. Every year, the number of vehicles on road goes on increasing; so does the importance of road safety. Hence, knowing essential road safety rules can help you and your friends from road related crisis.

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Importance of School Bus Safety Tips

 

For most students, a normal school day starts and ends with a school bus trip. School buses are always considered as the safest means of transportation for school students. But, there are some school bus safety concerns involved.

For school buses to continue being safe, there are certain school bus safety rules and tips that drivers, parents and students should be aware of.

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They are as follows:

School bus safety tips for drivers:

  • Look out for children walking or bicycling to school while entering or leaving a garage
  • Use the horn as an extra precaution
  • Watch out for young people who never care about speeding and safety
  • Try to slow down, especially when a child is walking near the bus
  • Always be alert, which can subsequently reduce the number of accidents
  • Do not try to load or unload children across the street
  • Stop the school bus where you will have the best view of the railway tracks. Be sure that you are never closer than 15 feet or farther than 50 feet from the tracks.
  • Always keep your hands in a proper driving position for the safety of students as well as you
  •  Before starting the trip, check the school bus thoroughly to identify the mechanical issues existing in the bus

        School bus safety tips for children:

  • Keep your head and arms inside the school bus
  • Reach the bus stop earlier than the scheduled time of the school bus
  • When the bus reaches the stop, stand at least 6 feet away from the curb and line up. The queue should not extend to the road
  • Wait for the bus to stop, open the door and board the bus only when the driver assures that it is safe to get on the bus 
  • If, by chance, something drops to the ground while boarding the bus, do not try to pick it up. Instead, inform the driver about it
  • While crossing in front of the bus:

a. Make sure that you are at least 10 feet away from the bus
b. Make sure that you can see the bus and the driver can see you

  • Use handrails to avoid falling. Also, make sure thee uniform doesn’t get caught in the handrails or doors while boarding or getting off the bus
  • Never walk behind the bus. If you have to cross the road, do it only when the bus is stopped and has lights flashing
  • Walk at least 3 feet away from the sides of the bus
  • While crossing the road, look left, right and then left again
  • When you wait for the bus, pay attention to the surroundings

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        School bus safety tips for parents

  • Teach safety rules to children
  • Familiarize yourself with school bus drivers
  • Assure that students do not go to bus stops without adult supervision
  • Make sure that children know the bus number and the time at which school bus is scheduled to arrive
  • Make sure that the child arrives the bus stop early
  • Tell your child to follow every instruction given by a school bus driver
  • Practice a good pedestrian behavior with your child
  • Never allow the child to play at the bus stop
  • Advise children to look to the right before getting off the school bus

       School bus laws

1. Yellow flashing lights show that the school bus has stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading children. By seeing this indication, motorist should slow down and stop their vehicles.

2. Red flashing lights and extended arms indicate that the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off the bus. By seeing this indication, motorists should stop their vehicles until the red lights stop flashing and extended sign is withdrawn.

Reinforcing school safety tips and teaching the importance of the following them play an integral part in protecting the children from accidents and injuries.

All the above mentioned tips will definitely help you to have a safe and secure school bus trip. This indeed reduces the unwanted fear, anxiety and tension of both parents and school authorities.

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A Complete Guide to Ensure Road Safety in India

 

You may be well aware of the conditions of Indian roads. It is poor and lamentable. The rate of road related accidents and injuries are soaring up day by day. As the number of vehicles on the road and traffic is advancing in giant strides, it is essential to follow certain road safety rules.

Today, most people lack road-sense, which complicates the matters related to safety.  Even though you have a license in hand, you may not be fully aware of safe driving tips and traffic rules. In addition to this, the vehicle you own may not even have undergone proper maintenance.

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Precautionary Measures for Student Road Safety

There are so many reasons due to which road accidents and injuries are increasing. Here follows some common reasons:

  • Lack of road safety awareness
  • Use of mobile phones and other electronic gadgets while driving
  • Improper vehicle maintenance
  • Pathetic condition of Indian roads

Some of the essentials before driving on Indian roads:

  • Valid driving license
  • Insurance certificate
  • Registration certificate
  • Pollution Under Control(PUC) certificate

Things to do if you use four wheelers:

  • Wear seat belts and advice the same to other passengers
  • You should use child seats for children below 4 years
  • Permit pedestrians to cross the road first
  • You should give way to emergency vehicles
  • Make use of rear view mirrors and indicators while you move to another lane
  • You should ride slowly near junctions
  • Keep up proper distance from the vehicle in front of yours
  • Always follow your driving lane

 Things that should not be done if you use four wheelers:

  • You should never attempt to jump red lights
  • Do not drink and drive
  • Never use mobile phones while driving a vehicle
  • Do not try to let your vehicle speed exceed 60kph in the city
  • Parking on busy roads is not allowed
  • Do not drive a vehicle if your age is below 18years
  • You should never apply sudden brake

Things that should be done if you use two wheelers:

  • Wear a good quality helmet for your safety
  • Check the tires of your vehicle before starting the journey
  • Ensure that the lights in your vehicle are functioning 
  • Give proper indication before you plan to take a turn
  • Use brakes whenever needed
  • You should maintain a safe distance from the vehicle moving ahead

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Things you should not do if you use two wheelers:

  • Never ride zigzag through traffic
  • You should never try to overtake from the left side of the vehicle
  • Never overload your vehicle
  • You should not apply sudden brake in your vehicle
  • Do not use cell phones while driving your vehicle

Know your road well:    

  • Center line: If the white lines in the center are broken and divides the road into two, then, it signifies that you can overtake if the coast is clear
  • Twin white/yellow lines: This symbol signifies that you should not try to overtake another vehicle in that particular road
  • Small broken white lines: This line is a separation and your vehicles are supposed to move between those lines
  • Single yellow line: This line can never be crossed unless there is a need for you to turn right or take a U-turn
  • Zebra crossing: These white stripes are meant for pedestrians to cross safely on the road. If a pedestrian attempts to cross the road, stop your vehicle and allow them to cross the road

Some of the common faults that obstruct road safety and how it can be handled:

  • Overspeeding –  solved by using radar guns that help to check the speed of vehicles
  • Violation of safety rules- should be strictly dealt by Government and impose heavy fines 
  • Consumption of alcohol and drugs- punishment should be given and license should be cancelled
  • Road congestion- use public transport system and encourage carpooling

Most of the casualties and fatalities are caused by indifference of people towards road safety rules. The safety rules mentioned above can attribute your safety and security on the road. In addition to this, attending an awareness program on road safety can be a good idea for your better and improved life.
                                                        “Care for others, care for your life”

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Student Road Safety and its Relevance in Today’s World

 

“Obey traffic rules, the life saving tools”

In essence, you may be well aware of road safety education and its relevance in ensuring student road safety. The question is how is it possible to educate your kids about road safety- providing a systematic safety lesson, organizing safety games, and accompanying your child when they go outdoors.

Are you wondering what road safety education actually is? Here is what you are seeking for:

Road safety education is an educational program about road safety that is given to both children and young people in schools and educational institutions. This safety education encourages the participation of parents and guardians for the purpose of helping children to be safe in traffic. It helps to inculcate safe behaviour in children and young people. And thus become an efficient passenger, pedestrian, cyclists, etc.

Road safety education becomes more effective when you conduct demonstration classes, which match the level of development of youngsters as a responsible road user.

Why is student road safety education important?

“Better to prevent than lament”

You can see how traffic is increasing day by day. Hence, it is your responsibility to teach your children about road safety rules and regulations right from an early age to protect themselves. Earlier, you needn't  have to worry about your child as there was not much traffic. But, now things have changed a lot and the number of vehicles is soaring high.

There are so many interesting ways by which you can teach road safety to your children at home as well as in the classroom. A class taken by a police official can be of great help to your children. This is similar to the classes conducted recently by Delhi traffic police as part of  Children's Day celebrations. Computer supported training will be more effective for children.

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Student Road Safety and its Relevance in Today's World

Goals of student road safety education

  • Proper understanding of road traffic
  • Acquire safety skills to survive in traffic
  • Emphasize their duty to protect themselves on the road
  • Explain the causes and effects of road crashes
  • Create a consideration on other's safety

Objectives of student road safety education

  • To discover and identify the traffic situation well
  • To  judge the visual lead time
  •  To analyse the information received from different directions
  •  To organize perception and action
  •  To make an individual judgement on road traffic situations 

Is road Safety education more important than law enforcement?

Though both are different concepts, to students road safety education is more important than law enforcement. Hence, it should be a part of school curriculum for children. Young children are the future of our nation and hence, their protection is undeniably a top concern. 

As a parent, you may try to keep your child away from all risks. But, this is not going to work anyway, as they need to be made prepared for the worst. Children and young people are more susceptible to be victims of crashes. This is because of their lack of awareness of essential road safety rules.

When you look deeply, road safety education is a part of law enforcement as law enforcement becomes complete only when citizens follow road safety rules properly.

Relevance of road safety in today's world

A lot of human lives are lost in road related accidents nationwide every year. Road safety is hence important for every student who is planning to drive a vehicle. In 2013, it was reported that 1,37,000 people got killed. It was a record as the death rate caused by accidents is greater than that death caused by wars.

According to the reports, there were 29,989 crashes in the year 2014 itself. These crashes have risen at an alarming rate ever since. If you want to reduce the number of these accidents in the coming years, then it is vital for you to concentrate more on road safety. 

To ensure student road safety, they should receive adequate road safety education at the right age in schools and other educational institutions.

WHO and its Global Status Report on road safety 2015

On the basis of information from 180 countries, World Health Organization (WHO) found that about 1.25 million accidental deaths occurred each year. And the greatest number of accidents is reported from low income countries. 

Based on the report, in the last 3 years, about 17 countries are reported to have taken strict action against drink driving, child restraints, seat belt, motorcycle helmets, etc. and yet there was no change in the accident death rates. A target has been decided by the members, that is, halving the total number of road accident related deaths and injuries by 2020.
    
Road safety education in schools

“Speed thrills but kills”

Road safety education is a continuous process, and it is better for you to begin teaching your children about road safety from a young age so that it become inherent in their nature, attitude and ultimately becomes a habit as they grow up.

Before teaching road safety to your students, you should check whether any student has any previous experience on road accidents or injuries. If there is, it will be better for you to have a discussion with their parents or guardians to know whether their child should be excluded from the lesson or not.

Your child should be aware of the dangers awaiting them in the traffic environment and take appropriate safety measures as an efficient road user. This is possible only when you give proper road safety education to them.

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Key contents of road safety education

There are certain contents that cannot be excluded from the road safety lessons. And such contents are following:    

Student Road Safety and its Relevance in Today's World

 

Road safety ABC

It will be better if you include road safety ABC in your lessons. Are you wondering about road safety ABC. Don't worry, here is what you are looking for:

A for awareness (causes and consequences of traffic)

B for behaviour (what are the things you should do to make you safe on the road)

C for choice and campaigning (how will you take proper choice and persuade others to
 make choices too)

The Green Cross Code

Want to know more about the Green Cross Code? Here is what you are seeking for:

1. Identify a safe place to cross the road

2. Stop and observe your surroundings before getting into the kerb

3. Look and listen the road traffic carefully

4. Have patience and let the traffic clear out

5. Ensure that the road is clear, go straight across the road, and never run or panic on the road

Road safety for primary school students

Primary school kids are one of the most defenseless road users. What can you do for them? You can help them by developing their skills, demeanor, and conduct for being safe as a passenger, pedestrian and cyclists. They should be given proper supervision for identifying traffic related dangers and establishing safe strategies when they are on the street without any supervision.

Safe road use behavior should be taught and constantly reinforced until the students  understand it thoroughly and practice it properly. 

When you give road safety education to primary school students, it should:

  • Emphasize essential road safety messages 
  • Include road safety content in the school syllabus
  • Be taught regularly at each stage by both parents and teachers
  • Consider local road safety issues
  • Never scare your child with frightful consequences

Road safety for secondary school students

Road safety education is edifying, forward-looking and closely linked with development stage of each child. The most efficacious road safety education is created by a  good partnership between teachers, road safety officials and parents, each corroborating the others.

As your child moves to upper classes (secondary school), the importance of road safety also gets increased. Most of the secondary school students go to school all by themselves. Sometimes, there will be extracurricular activities in addition to their normal school hours. Also, there is a chance for outing planned with friends, or a trip of their own. 

By analysing their behavior, you will be able to know the risk of accidents on secondary school students are greater than that of primary school students. Teenagers are one of the substantial group of road users as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and newly licensed drivers. Their overconfidence and indifference to the rules will lead them to serious trouble.

As you analyse the annual survey report of accidental deaths, you can see that most of the victims are young people. Hence, parents, teachers and other road safety professionals should together make an effort to make them understand about the dangers awaiting them on the road and oversee the risks they confront as road users.

What can you do as a teacher to enhance road safety education in students?

Select the most suitable and relevant resources for improving the road safety skills of your students. This can be done only by you as you are the only person who knows the abilities of each student. You can offer them adequate support to augment their safety behaviours and thus ensure student road safety.

What should you do as a secondary school student to improve your safety skills?

You can take part in a range of activities that help you to understand and mold your road safety habits. And overcome certain safety risks that can harm you. Also, you can make use of resources provided by your concerned teacher.

What should you do as a parent of a secondary student?

You should interact with your child about road safety education and reinforce certain safety messages to make your child safe. As a parent, you can easily persuade them to be a responsible road user.

Road safety campaigns and its effects

Road safety campaigns are useful as it helps to influence behaviours and attitudes of people. But at the same time, WHO also mentions that there is not much reduction in road accidents even after organising campaigns. 

When you organize road safety campaigns, there should be involvement of government institutions, non-governmental institutions, non governmental organizations, and mass media. Their support and involvement can make the campaigns successful and effective.

The safety campaigns will be effective if you include lectures and interaction, films on road safety, competitions such as painting competition, quiz competitions, debate competitions etc. on road safety. When you include all these activities, safety campaigns becomes more lively, entertaining, and interesting for students.

Road safety campaigns are far more effective than commercial marketing campaigns. It is different from other campaigns since it influences behaviour rather than encouraging the purchase of a new product or switching to other brands. Today, numerous schools and colleges have started to organize campaigns for ensuring student road safety.

Road Safety Education Program

Purpose of road safety education- best opportunity to manage behaviour change of young people and decrease the number of road accidents among youngsters and children

A road safety education program is a learning program on road safety, which is organized for all citizens of the nation. Every driving school organizes theoretical and practical training for young drivers to enrich them with road safety measures. It also helps to identify the factors that increase the risk of accidents. Hence, you will be able to create a new generation of drivers with a good amount of knowledge on road safety via this program. 

The road safety education program aims to:

  • Create a safe, interdependent and culpable driver
  • Manage a vehicle effectively
  • Share the road efficiently
  • Use the road responsibly
  • Apply various driving strategies 
  • Train the drivers to obey road signs and traffic signals, manage the vehicle in times of emergencies, take an important decision to ensure road safety, etc.    

Road safety education limited

It is a non-profit organisation that transfers you highly efficient and proof based road education programs. The main aim of this organisation is to reduce road related accidents of young people. The Road Safety Education (RSE) Foundation was constituted to fulfil the aims of Road Safety Education Ltd

    Earlier, it was named as Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) and Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Foundation in both Australia and New Zealand. It was in 2012 that the name changed to Road Safety Education Ltd and Road Safety Education Foundation.
    
Primarily, the name was changed to reflect the mission of the aforesaid organisation to reduce the sufferings and deaths of young drivers. 

Student road safety awareness

Road safety is an engaging subject, which involves both children and youngsters. Most of the young people die because of road related crashes. This is because they are careless and unconcerned about road safety rules. Another important reason behind it is the lack of road safety awareness among your kids. 

When you give safety awareness, they will be able to understand the basic concepts of road safety and essential safety rules. It is better to include practical experiences and campaigning while taking awareness classes. This will make your class lively, effective, and successful. 

You can make the class engaging by including various activities on road safety. Here are certain activities by which you can present before your students to enrich them with road safety:

  • Conducting a seat belt experiment

Introduce two toy cars before the student crowd: one with the belted teddy bear and the other with an unbelted teddy bear. You can carry out this experiment with slopes and obstacles to reconstruct Indian roads. Through this experiment, you can show them how a belted teddy bear survives without falling and getting hurt. 

  • Experiment with shine torches

You will be able to create a dark environment by closing all the classroom windows and if needed, you can make use of blinds to create more darkness. Then shine torches on student's high visibility vests (brightly coloured vests). And each student will become visible with the help of those bright lights.

And this experiment is a proof showing your kid that they can be made visible before drivers by wearing bright coloured clothes. When they are shown by example, they will certainly understand its significance and be encouraged to do that for the better.

  • Compose a Road Safety Song

Songs are an excellent way by which you can persuade students to follow safety rules. It will be interesting if you compose a road safety song for your students. Words like stop, go, pavement, hold hands, etc. can be used to make them realistic. Students will not only get entertained by this song, but also learn essential things about road safety by reciting the song along with their pals.

  • Listen to noises and match the pictures

You can allow your student to listen to various noises on the road and identify it. It can be the noise of the ambulance, car, etc. and you can give the students an opportunity to match the sound with the pictures they hold. This provides an important lesson to them, that is, listen to the noises on the road and thus, be vigilant about the ongoing traffic.

  • Red light, Green light

This is a kind of game that arouse interest in your students. A student should be chosen as a traffic light and he or she stands in front of the class. Mark a line on the floor, so that the student should cross the line to reach the traffic light. When the traffic light says green, every student should cross the road and when it says red, all the students should turn around. 

If anyone is seen moving when the traffic light says red, that particular student should go to back to the classroom and start the game once again. And the student who reaches the traffic light first, become the next traffic light.

A lot of things can be taught through this activity. Your students will be able to gain adequate knowledge about different traffic lights and its importance, such as 'red to stop' and 'green to move'. 

  • Lesson on traffic

Take a lesson on 'what is meant by traffic'. After this lesson, your students will be able to describe what traffic and vehicles are, identify vehicles based on its size, and recognize pictures of traffic. You can also ask them to name various traffic signs and what it signifies.
 
All the above activities make your awareness program appealing and successful. Road safety awareness helps to develop your student's existing knowledge on road safety and protect them from road related dangers. 

Rewards for student safety

It will be a great idea, if you reward those students who obey road safety rules flawlessly. This will encourage your students to follow rules and execute it at the right time. A notable example is the student road safety awards organized by Paul Kerr. The main aim of this initiative is to give student safety awards and attribute road safety awareness among youngsters.

Paul Kerr organized this initiative in memory of his son, Jon Paul. Jon died at the age of 17, which is driven by an 18 year old driver who got license just two weeks before. The scheme was introduced for motivating the children aged between 11 and 18 to create an exclusive project on improving road safety awareness. 

The most innovative project will be given awards sponsored by Peugeot (French car manufacturing company) along with the support of Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). This serves a good model for enhancing road safety education among your kids and also, you can organize activities that will encourage students to expose their road safety skills and behaviours.

Roads are something that needs to be shared with everyone. Your behaviour or attitudes as a pedestrian, cyclist or driver should be administered with a sense of care and respect towards your fellow road users. 

Students are the ones who violate rules more than anyone. One of the prime thing that you should teach them is to never consider a road as a playground. Your responsibility is to give your kid road safety education at the right age, which help them to  ensure their own safety.

“Drive carefully to live joyfully”

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10 Important Road Safety Rules to Teach Your Children

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As a parent, You may not be aware about the safety concerns of your children on the road until one day when you go to school bus stops, neighbour's house, or local shops. A sudden realisation that road is dangerous for your child comes to you. But, don't you think we should be enabling our children with the knowledge of road safety rules beforehand?

Safety doesn't happen by accident. As a parent, you should be able to create a safe environment for your beloved children. Most parents opt school bus for the safe transportation of children. But you can do more than just ensuring safe transportation of your children. One of the best things you can do is to teach them better about road safety. That way, students will be able to take care of themselves.

There are 10 basic rules that you can teach them. Here, we have simplified the golden road safety rules as much as possible to help you introduce them to your children:

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1. Stop

 

10 Important Road Safety Rules to Teach Your Children

“Broken tools can be replaced. You can't” -Author Unknown

You should tell them to never attempt to cross the road in a hasty manner. Rushing on the road can only harm them. So, teach them to stop and be vigilant before crossing the road. Show them to be aware especially when walking close to the roads.

 

2. Look

 

10 Important Road Safety Rules to Teach Your Children

“Prepare and prevent, don't repair and repent”- Author Unknown

You should advise them to check all the directions before crossing the roads to ensure their own safety.  Tell them to look and keep on looking until they feel completely safe. You should tell them to be cautious and look at all directions even before intersections and ramblings. Observation never hurts. The more heedful they are, the better it is.

 

3. Think

 

10 Important Road Safety Rules to Teach Your Children

“Alert today, alive tomorrow”- Author Unknown

“Think before you leap”- this quote is indeed true. Always tell your child to think twice before crossing the road. You should teach them about various traffic signals. Also, remind them to cross the road when the traffic is favourable and by hurrying, things will only get worse.

 

4. Listen

 

10 Important Road Safety Rules to Teach Your Children

“Chance takers are accident makers”- Author Unknown

“Learn to be a great listener. Your ears will never get you into trouble”. This quote reflects the truth. Listening to traffic signals while crossing the road can help you to be safe.  You can tell your child to walk straight on the road and warn them not to listen to music while crossing the road or walking through the pavement. 

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5. No Running

 

10 Important Road Safety Rules to Teach Your Children

“Safety is a cheap and effective insurance policy”– Author Unknown

Children have a tendency to run and leave your hands while walking on the road. It is your duty to keep your child calm on the streets. Running while on the road can cause serious damage to your child. Hence, this matter should be seriously considered for ensuring child road safety.

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6.  Use Zebra Crossings

 

10 Important Road Safety Rules to Teach Your Children

“Accidents hurt – safety doesn't”-Author Unknown

You should teach your child the significance of zebra crossings. Your child can safely cross the road using zebra crossings. Hence, you can advise them to use it appropriately. While crossing, you can tell your child to make eye contact with the drivers,  to pay full attention on the road, and teach them the importance of doing such things. You should ensure that they have the ability to decide when to cross the road. 

 

7.  Colours

 

10 Important Road Safety Rules to Teach Your Children

“Don't learn safety by accident” –Author Unknown

Colours have a great significance in child road safety. You should teach your child about different traffic signals. Some of the important colours that your child should be aware of  – red, green, and yellow. Teach the significance of each colour – red means “stop”, green for “go”, and yellow for “move with caution”.

 

8. Not a Play Zone

 

10 Important Road Safety Rules to Teach Your Children

“If you don't think it's safe, it probably isn't”– Author Unknown

While your child goes out for playing, always put some restriction. One such restrictions include preventing them to play near streets or parking areas. Warn them not to run behind their toy or ball as there is a chance for them to reach the streets and tell them to seek the elder's help if such situations occurs.

 

9. Bright Clothes

 

10 Important Road Safety Rules to Teach Your Children

“Safety isn't just a slogan; it's a way of life” -Author Unknown

You should advise your child to avoid using dull coloured outfits while they are on the road. It is your duty to teach your kid to wear bright coloured clothing, even when they go out for bicycling in the streets. This is because bright garments catch the driver's attention easily.

 

10.  Side Walks

 

10 Important Road Safety Rules to Teach Your Children

“Safety isn't expensive, it’s priceless”– Author Unknown

Make sure your child uses pedestrian roads only for walking. If you demonstrate the same to your child they will follow and make it a habit. Tell your child to avoid those roads without side walks for ensuring their own safety.

Children before 9 years age should not be allowed to cross roads on their own because they lack the peripheral vision, hearing and judgement capabilities necessary. However, it’s important to ensure the best is taught to the children since their early years.

Children never hesitate to copy adults. Make sure that you are a good example for them. Practice the safest method before your children, for them to learn and grow. By setting a good example, you can ensure your child’s safety outside the school transportation service circle.

It is found that most of the child deaths ageing between 5 to 14 are due to road accidents. Serious road injuries are not rare. Teaching more about road safety measures can reduce the number of causalities. Be wise!

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