The roads today are hidden with many growing dangers that are threat to road safety; cyclists racing through traffic lights, e-scooters zipping in and out of nowhere, dashing jaywalkers and our constant reliance on mobile phones create a perfect storm for an accident waiting to happen, any time and anywhere.
If you’re reading this, I hope you realised the importance of exercising road safety and care enough to develop your own self-awareness on how you can be a better driver.
Pay attention to the traffic (not just the pretty people). Check your mirrors, blind spots and anticipate what other drivers are going to do.
#2 It’s okay to give way.
Be a bigger person and let someone pass if you find them coming close to you. Giving way doesn’t have to hurt.
Use your turn signals correctly and at the right time. If anyone is quick to gesture in anger in reflex, it takes the same if not lesser effort to lift a finger to turn on the signal when changing lanes.
Don’t switch lanes in the middle of an intersection.
#5 Don’t try to beat the red light.
Many fatal accidents had happened because of this.
#6 Slow down when entering school zone,
passing a bus-stop or approaching zebra crossing.
#7 Check blind spots.
Look out for motorcycles around you before switching lanes.
#8 Avoid distractions while driving.
Such as karaoke with friends in car, talking on handphone is a no, no.
#9 Watch the speed limit.
It is not just about getting unwanted fines. The faster speed you go, the lesser time it takes to react to a traffic situation. Distance makes a difference.
Take extra care in poor driving conditions such as heavy rain or poor visibility during at night.
Like it a not, the road is a social space. No one has any rights in traffic and road safety is after all, a shared responsibility.
(Article contributed by Gina Law, Photo credits: wikihow [How to Drive a car safely][How to Improve your driving skills)