7 Safety tips while crossing the Road
Road traffic injuries, as we know, remain an important concern globally. Therefore, adhering to road safety rules is essential, not only for the sake of your own life but for others too. Do not try to cross the plastic road barriers deployed on the roadside. The key mantra for road safety is awareness and compliance with traffic rules.
It is equally important to educate the entire public, and not just the drivers and motorists, about the proper use of the roadways. Apart from that, it is also essential to conduct thorough research on the causes of road accidents, thereby outlining and implementing the effects and methods of preventing them.
When on the road, one needs to be extra cautious while crossing it, especially because of the ever-increasing amount of vehicles in the country. Many people disregard this common precautionary measure and commit to jaywalking while crossing streets, or even major roadways. However, jaywalking should be avoided as it is not only dangerous but also a traffic violation covered under ‘obstruction of traffic’ in state and metropolitan laws.
Safety tips while crossing the road
- Knowledge about traffic rules and road signals is essential for children and adults alike. More than 15,000 children succumb to injuries due to road accidents every year in India. Therefore, making children aware of road safety precautions is of utmost importance.
- Avoid reckless running on roads: As mentioned earlier, jaywalking or crossing roads or streets in a disorderly fashion is a big NO as per the traffic safety rules. According to a 2019 report, more than 62 pedestrians die daily in India. In order to ensure one’s own safety as well as the safety of the rest of the public, reckless running on roads should be avoided at all costs. Being patient and adhering to stop signs, and letting the traffic to pass, goes a long way in ensuring the safety of self and others while crossing the road.
- When on the road, attentiveness can prevent a lot of unexpected road hazards especially on turns or diversions, where it is difficult to notice an approaching vehicle. Vehicles generally honk at the bends or any unmanned intersections to make people aware. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention in order to listen to any approaching vehicle.
- Using a footpath or sidewalk whilst outdoors is always recommended instead of walking on the road itself. Similarly, using subways and foot over bridges to cross wide roads is also recommended in order to avoid accidents.
- In case you are on a two-wheeler, ensure that you are wearing a helmet. Before leaving home, check if the breaks and lights of your two-wheeler are functioning properly. Make sure that you use the two-wheeler lane while riding your vehicle and stay alert at all times. In areas with poor visibility, make sure you turn the headlights of your vehicle on to avoid any accidents.
- Lastly, while running or bicycling at night, it is important to make sure that oncoming vehicles are aware of your presence. You can do that by dressing according to the time of the day. Reflective/bright clothing should be worn especially when it’s dark outside.
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