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Saturday, December 13, 2014

When On The Road You Are Not Alone

Each day as you travel either on your own vehicle or by a public transport, there always is a brawl around a minor overtake to a major accident suggesting a lot needs to be done to avoid the same. In 2010 India topped the world in another unfortunate statistic after population, yes death by road accidents when the scale reached 13 lakh deaths per year. Every year since then How can we is the question. In my opinion the following steps should be taken to prevent road accidents, after all as a great man once said prevention is better than cure. 

1. Feel Responsible:
When you are driving the most important thing to remember is to be responsible as you are not alone. If you don't drive carefully you might end up paying for it not just with your body or life but also somebody else's. So can happen with you if someone driving around isn't careful therefore one is collectively responsible when on the road. The consideration is not limited to just other humans or vehicles but also animals. Many a times people just run over an injured dog or a cat but they are life forms too and deserve equal respect.

2. Do Not Drink And Drive:
If you are going to a party and would be drinking there do not drive back yourself. Either take a lift from someone in your group who doesn't drink or use a cab service. There have been many accidents just because of this.

3.Maintain Distance:
In the US when one gives a license test the most crucial pointers taught are distance between two moving vehicles. In an over populated nation like ours there is no such rule which is not surprising. However even if you are driving carefully but the person ahead of you applies a sudden break for any reason you are the one who will feel the full impact of this and will invariably collide with him injuring both you and him.

4. Wear A Seat Belt:
Speaking about collision the first thing that the mind conjures is an image of how that seat belt you hate tying can help you. Do not ignore even if you are bored. Tie your seat belt for sure. 

5. Control Your Speed: 
Do not exceed speed limits greater than what you should when on the road, speed is the cause of majority of accidents. Start from home a little early so that you reach on time rather tha never reach.

6. Wear A Helmet: 
Though this rule is made compulsory by the government for bikers, whether you are driving or not; many think they are more intelligent or its just sheer boredom. Life however doesn't have a second chance like you do when you race in video games. So handle your head with care.

7. Keep Your Phone Away: 
The most common problem is people need to multi-task even while driving, so they talk on the phone. We do understand that time is precious but your time on earth becomes limited if you get hit. So if you have to call or receive an important call, park on one side of the road and do it. People should also understand that the other person is driving. Also keep your internet off and stop using it be it facebook or twitter, before it costs your precious self.

This post is a part of Nissan Safety Driving Forum Campaign in association with Indiblogger. For details check:

Since its inception in 2012, The Nissan Safety Driving Forum (NSDF) in India is conducted by The Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., as part of its annual safety driving promotion activities.  Under its Blue Citizenship CSR umbrella, NSDF by Nissan works to build awareness of safe driving in India. NSDF encourages drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts, and participants learn through interactive activities the importance of wearing seatbelts.  They started with New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai initially and this year they would target even the tier-2 cities like Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Vadodara, Nagpur, Chennai, Mangalore and Kochi.

Nissan believes that when on the road everyyone's safety is every driver's responsibility. They therefore conduct live simulations of safety features during a car crash, giving one the live experience that would make any individual never forget the safety instructions and his responsibility on the road. The result has been a brilliant 126% increase in the practice of wearing seat belts translating into saving many lives.  

As Gulza sahab has said:

Mehangi hai ye zindagi
Koi chhota sauda nahi
Oonchi khajuri hai ye
Gamle ka paudha nahi...

So when on the road think "Safety Begins With Me".

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