whenever we are to embark on a journey by road and we think about the routes that are terribly bad and the accidents they’ve caused either in the past or presently, we become paralyzed with fear. It is true the roads are bad, thirsty for blood that it causes most of the road accidents, but I don’t blame it all on the road, few are partly the fault of the drivers. Drivers either commercial or private should take caution when driving on bad roads. Knowing how to drive alone does not guarantee safety. Drivers overlook lots of things such as
1. Poor vehicle maintenance– Drivers, especially commercial drivers are aware their tires need to be replaced, some things need to be fixed but they chose to play blind to little things that matters and hit the road anyway and might never return home alive.. Vehicles must be checked to ensure they are in perfect condition.
2. Speeding – this is usually common, and has caused so many their lives. Sometimes ask your self is speeding necessary? No appointment is worth dying for, if it was important you won’t be late in the first place, if it isn’t, why the speed? Teenagers have the highest death rate caused by over speeding.
3. Seat belt– this should be the first thing you put on when you get into your car. It protects life.
4. Overloading– which is another form of greed, especially with the commercial drivers. They prefer picking more passengers and cause more damage to their already damaged vehicles and extremely uncomfortable for passengers. Don’t ever get in to an overloaded vehicle; you have slim chances of getting out alive.
5. Tailgating– This is the major reason for rare crashes on the road. No matter how focused you are on wheels, if you are tailgating, you’re bound to cause a crash…when you realize you need to stop, would be too late and when you finally stop the crash has been done. Always give yourself at least 5 seconds gap between you and the vehicle you’re following.
6. violation of traffic rules– The traffic rules were designed to keep you safe not to delay you from getting to your destination. Imagine every driver within them decided to violate the traffic rules, that might cause an accident that would lead to traffic, and you’re stocked. According to Global Health Observatory (GHO ) data in 2013, there were 1.25million road traffic death globally.
7. Distraction– Being distracted when driving, can put you, your vehicle and others on the road in danger. Your job when driving isn’t texting, eating, or taking calls, your job is to drive. Distractions while driving factors 2.6% of crashes. Remain focused and be safe.
8. Bad weather– The weather will not always be favorable for everyone to drive in, if the weather is not favorable for you as the one the wheel, you pull over or reschedule. Slippery road factor in 10.9%, while bad road factor in 3.2% of crashes. No trip or meeting is more important than you staying alive.
Adults aged between 15 and 44 accounts for 59% of global road traffic death. 77% road deaths are among men. The risk of dying as a result of road accidents is highest in Africa Region (increasing 26.6 per 100,000 population) and lowest in European Region(decreasing 9.3 per 100,000 population). The world’s road traffic death occurs among motorcyclist(23%), Pedestrian(22%), cyclist(5%), car occupants (31%) and road users(19%)
It is the duty of every driver to protect himself and other road users.