Every year, The Government of India’s Ministry of Road Transport & Highways observes National Road Safety Week during January. In 2021, the campaign is being extended for a full month, with Road Safety Month running 18 January – 17 February.
In India, about 80,000 people are killed in road crashes every year. According to the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, “In most of the cases crashes occur either due to carelessness or due to lack of road safety awareness of the road user.”
eDriving has the following tips to help keep you and loved ones safe during National Road Safety Month and beyond.
- Observe local/national/international COVID-19 restrictions relating to permitted travel purposes.
- If you do have to travel, plan your journey in advance, taking hygiene and sanitation factors into account (what do you need to carry with you? e.g. hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes, etc.). Also consider the best route to take and plan safe locations for regular rest breaks.
- Check your vehicle before setting off to help avoid a potential break down; is it safe and well-maintained, including lights and indicators?
- Ensure you are well-rested before travelling to reduce the likelihood of falling asleep at the wheel.
- Wear a seat belt and ensure passengers buckle up too. If you’re riding a two-wheeler, wear appropriate safety clothing and a
- Obey traffic rules and signs.
- Carry only the permitted number of passengers and luggage that your vehicle is designed to carry.
- Travel at a safe speed and keep a safe distance from other vehicles.
- Stay calm while driving and avoid honking your horn needlessly.
- Ensure you stay focused on the road by avoiding distractions such as mobile phones while driving.
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Visit https://www.morth.nic.in/ for more information about The Government of India’s Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.