6/27/2010

How Safe Are You On The Road?

Everyday we hear about road accidents. Many lives are lost & forever changed by these incidents: according to the Malaysian Road Safety Dept's official site, there were a total of 397,194 accidents in 2009 alone. From these cases, 6, 218 were fatal.

The fact that people seem to ignore is that these accidents CAN BE AVOIDED. It all boils down to Malaysian drivers practicing safe conduct while on the road. Irresponsible drivers who fail to use the basic tools incorporated in their vehicles & practicing civic consciousness not only pose a risk to themselves but on others, not to mention the trouble they cause for their own family members.
So, just how safe are you on the road? Answer the questions below to find out:

1. Do you make/accept phone calls while driving?

YES
NO

2. Do you send/read text messages (SMS) while driving?

YES
NO

3. Do you beat the red light?

YES
NO

4. Do you speed?

YES
NO

5. Does your car overshoot the pedestrian crossing?

YES
NO

6. Do you wear seatbelts (if you're a passenger)?

YES
NO

7. Do you flash your signal lights when you drive into the next lane?

YES
NO

8. Do you switch on your headlights while driving through an underground parking lot?

YES
NO

9. Do you switch on your headlights when it's dark out (early morning, evening & night)?

YES
NO

10. Do you keep a safe distance between your front bumper & the back bumper of the car in front of you?

YES
NO
RESULTS
If your answers are mostly NO, then you are NOT a safe driver. These precautions are really BASIC precautions; they are the most crucial steps to ensure you reach your destination in ONE PIECE. It's a shame that these precautions are only mentioned briefly to our youths when they prepare to get their driving license; let's not forget that many young Malaysians actually "buy" their licenses, not earn them!

Driving cars is a responsible luxury; we shouldn't take our skills & the precautions for granted. A split second is all it takes to end your life & the lives of others. Drive safe & think about your loved ones. It may be hard to break the habit of reckless driving, but that would be the best decision of your life.

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