Traffic Awareness

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​Safe driving

Take care of surprises and concentrate on the road.
Staring moving the car in compliance with safe driving and traffic regulations to avoid violations and accidents.
Traffic rules are set for you, so abide by them.
Check out the rear view mirror to see the road.
Abide by the road marks, signs and ground lines.

Overtaking

Wrong overtaking is lethal.
Do not return to your previous lane after overtaking another car, unless there is enough space between your car and the overtaking car.
Give way for others to overtake you properly, and pay attention to the road intersection.

Safety belt

The seat belt is meant for your safety, but it could be ineffective if it is loose or fastened properly
Seat belt is for one person only.
Kids in back seats and those who are not properly fastened in their seats are more prone to injury or death.
Keep yourself and your kids accustomed to wearing the seat belt for your safety.
Use a rearward-facing baby seat.
Kids aged 8 year and above can use adult seat belts.

Speed

Speed is the major cause of accidents.
Speed is the shorted way to death.
Safe speed is affected by the following factors.

Road and weather

Traffic marks and guidelines.
The more you speed, the severest the injury.
Speed is a crime you commit against yourself and others.
Reduce speed at roundabouts, road curves and on internal congested roads. Always predict all possibilities.

Jumping the red signal

Jumping the red line is extremely dangerous.
Light signal are placed for your safety, so follow them.
Respecting the signals indicates your awareness.
Jumping the red signal is a heinous suicidal or murderous act.

Rescue

Use the proper method to rescue the injured.
Your initiative to rescue others could save a life.
Make sure to keep a First Aid kit with you.

Dealing with the traffic man

Be friendly to the traffic cop.
Respecting instructions of the traffic cop indicates your awareness.
Traffic cop works for your safety.

Causes of traffic accidents

Reckless driving.
Jaywalking
High speed.
Crossing lanes improperly.
Failure to use signals while changing direction.

Tips for drivers

Avoid driving on the far left lane all the time.
Adjust the mirrors to cover as widest area as possible.
Keeping focusing on the vehicle in front of you and keep enough distance and watch the cars in front of that vehicle as well to avoid crash in case of unexpected stop.
Hold the steering wheel by both hands on the upper or down side of the wheel.
Be close to the steering wheel as possible, so that your arms will be straight and your back will be leaning on the seat to be in full control of the wheel.
Do not travel at night because you will be more fatigue the vision will be weak.
Check out the break and tyres.
Keep the car in good condition, and ensure its periodical maintenance according to manufacturer's guidelines.
Use original spare parts.
Do not repair your car in a poor service garage.
Pay attention to pedestrian's safety, even if they violate traffic regulations.
Be positive in driving and take the right decisions avoiding recklessness, rush and maneuvering.
Focus on the road.
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