While there are many factors that contribute to road accidents, adhering to some common road safety tips could make a big difference between life and death.
As Jamaica Observes Road Safety Month, the JIS would like to share with you our readers a few safety tips to bear in mind while using the road.
- When using the road walk facing oncoming vehicles.
- Wear light-coloured clothing at nights.
- Clearly indicate to motorists your desire to cross the road.
- Walk in single file where there is no sidewalk or where the sidewalk is narrow.
- Observe traffic lights and stop signs.
- Do not hold on to moving vehicles.
- Ensure you are travelling in the right direction on a one-way street.
- Wear a helmet at all times.
Parents, ensure your children follow the golden rule before crossing the street.
- First they should look left, then look right and once again look left before and ensure it is safe before they cross the street.
- Young children must always be accompanied by adults.
Don’t Drink and Drive
When you drink and drive:
- You are less likely to observe traffic signs, bikers, pedestrians or cars coming from the opposite side.
- You are less able to judge distances and speed.
- You have less control over your reactions in traffic situation.
- You will develop a false sense of confidence