Be a RE­SPON­SI­BLE DRIVER

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPECIAL ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE - Mickella An­der­son/Fea­tures Writer

THE MONTH of June is noted each year as Road Safety Aware­ness Month, an op­por­tu­nity to in­crease aware­ness of proper road us­age and to pro­mote re­spon­si­ble driv­ing on the na­tion’s roads. The Gleaner takes this op­por­tu­nity to en­cour­age all Ja­maican mo­torists to be re­spon­si­ble driv­ers and keep our roads safer. Here are some tips: 1. Don’t use your mo­bile phone while driv­ing Mak­ing or re­ceiv­ing a call, even if you are not di­rectly touch­ing the phone, can dis­tract your at­ten­tion from driv­ing and could lead to an ac­ci­dent. Your full at­ten­tion ought to re­main on the road while you are in the driver’s seat. 2.

Belt up in the back

Way too of­ten, only pas­sen­gers in the front are buck­led up. How­ever, in a col­li­sion, an un­belted back-seat pas­sen­ger can kill or se­ri­ously in­jure the driver or a front-seat pas­sen­ger. To be on the safe side, en­sure that all pas­sen­gers in the ve­hi­cle are strapped down. 3.

Don’t drink and drive We know you’ve heard this a mil­lion times, but we’re say­ing it again: Don’t drink and drive! Any al­co­hol, even a small amount, can im­pair your driv­ing, so be a safe driver and do the right thing.

4. Slow down

At 35 miles per hour (MPH), you are twice as likely to kill a pedes­trian as at 30MPH. Slow down and fol­low the speed limit as best as pos­si­ble. 5.

Stop, Chil­dren Cross­ing! When driv­ing through a school zone or any­where that there might be chil­dren, take ex­tra care and be ex­tra vig­i­lant. Chil­dren of­ten act im­pul­sively, so to be on the safe side, look out for them when you are driv­ing in ar­eas where they might be. 6.

Take a break

Tired­ness is thought to be a ma­jor fac­tor in more than 10 per cent of road ac­ci­dents. Plan to stop for at least a 15-minute break ev­ery two hours on a long jour­ney. Take the time to re­vi­talise and avoid burnout around the wheels.

7.

Walk safely

When cross­ing a road, al­ways use a pedes­trian cross­ing if there is one nearby. Help oth­ers to see you by wear­ing flu­o­res­cent or re­flec­tive cloth­ing in poorly light con­di­tions. 8.

An­tic­i­pate

Ob­serve and an­tic­i­pate other road users, and use your mir­rors reg­u­larly. 9.

Use car seats

Child and baby seats should be fit­ted prop­erly and checked be­fore em­bark­ing on ev­ery trip. 10.

Keep your dis­tance Al­ways keep a twosec­ond gap be­tween you and the car in front.

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