Having a car or a motorcycle is a symbol of freedom. Knowing that you can go wherever you want whenever you want it gives you an unparalleled feeling of limitless joy. But, as it usually is the case with sweet things, there has to be a bitter part. In this case, it is a risk if being injured or killed in a car accident. So, let’s see what lawmakers and drivers can do to improve road safety.
One of the most common reasons that cause car accidents are damaged roads. Investing in road infrastructure is a multi-benefit process. First of all, drivers are safer on well-maintained roads. Secondly, the transport of people and goods is much faster. Also, launching road-building projects can give a boost to the economy on both the local and national level, by creating new jobs in the fields closely related to road-building.
No Mobile Phones in Traffic
Due to the interactive nature of mobile phones, many drivers cannot resist using them when they are on the road. However, when drivers’ focus is divided between the car, the road and the mobile, it is an accident waiting to happen. This trend is spreading like an epidemic, so the authorities have to launch media campaigns to remind drivers how dangerous this habit really is. Here is an interesting example of a campaign launched by the Government of New South Wales.
Seatbelt the Savior
The seatbelt is one of those terribly simple and enormously practical inventions. The problem is that drivers and their passengers are often not too fond of using this safety feature. Their main arguments are that seatbelts ruin their driving experience, as well as reduce their freedom on the road. However, statistics is merciless when it comes to seatbelts and car accidents. According to this report, made by the Government of Western Australia, only in 2013, 90 passengers in different vehicles were killed or seriously injured on the territory of this state because they were not wearing a seatbelt in a car crash.
Cutting-edge Tech Solutions
Thanks to the development of various technological solutions, today drivers can drive more safely than ever, given that they use those innovations the right way. For instance, no car today should be driven without air bags for every single occupant in the car. Also, nowadays there are cars with alcohol-sensitive sensors and their engines will not start if their driver is trying to drive under influence. Moreover, a car safety feature that constantly produces that clinging sound if the occupants are not wearing seatbelts is an annoying but necessary option. Finally, there are reliable GPS crash cameras to increase your road safety.
Mind Children in Traffic
Traveling with children demands a whole set of safety-friendly habits and behaviors, to make them as safe as possible. First of all, no children should be allowed to sit in the front passenger seat if it does not meet the law-proposed age for it. Secondly, always be careful when driving behind a car that has the “Baby on board” label. Also, always use child safety seats as long as they are required for your children. Find out more about children safety in traffic on the Victoria Government Channel.
Being a driver means using many benefits, but also being aware of dozens of dangers. As long as you drive in accordance with the regulations and conditions on the road, you will keep yourself, your family and other participants in traffic as safe as possible.