Road accidents are the leading cause of death among people in the 5-29 age group worldwide with more than 1.35 million lives lost each year and 50 million sustaining injuries, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report. You should teach your child to stay safe on the road just as you would teach him/her any other skill. Here are some pointers to impart measures on road safety to your child.
Did You Know?
Vulnerable road users like pedestrians, cyclists, and bikers account for around 50% of deaths due to road accidents.
Wearing quality helmets reduces the chance of injury and death due to crash by 40%
Reducing or controlling the speed can reduce the chances of an injury during an accident.
Child and infant car seats can decrease the number of children dying in road accidents by 54% to 80%.
The chances of death by accident can be decreased by 51% with the proper use of a seat belt.
For every 1km/h that you reduce your speed by, you decrease the risk of an accident by 2%.
Rules to Follow to Ensure Safety on Roads
- Know your Signals-
- Green means ‘Go’: Only when the signal turns ‘green’, vehicles move ahead.
- Red means ‘Stop’: When the signal turns red, all the vehicles have to stop.
- Yellow means ‘Slow Down’: When the signal turns yellow, vehicles should slow down and prepare to stop.
- The walking man symbol at traffic lights is for pedestrians. Cross the road only if these signs turn green. But look to your left and then to your right to ensure no vehicles are approaching.
- Never cross the road if the walking man symbol turns red.
2.Stop, Look and Cross- Before crossing any road you should always stop first. The rule is to look Left, Right and Left again and then cross the road.
4. Use the Pedestrian/Zebra Crossing- Children have a tendency to ignore the zebra crossing and to cross roads from wherever they wish. Teach your child the dangers of doing so.
5. Don’t Stick your Head/Hand outside vehicles: Kids tend to get excited and wave or peek outside moving vehicles. This increases their chances of getting gravely injured.
6. Buckle Up- Always wear a seat belt when travelling in a moving vehicle.
7. Wear a Helmet on Two-Wheelers- Two wheeler vehicles have a higher risk of accidents. Always wear a helmet to avoid critical injuries.
8. Wear Bright Reflective Colours- If your kids or you are going out at night, you should wear bright reflective clothes so you are visible in the dark.
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