Each one of us, in our day to day lives, needs to travel
from one place to another. Students travel from their homes to the schools/colleges
while most adults have to travel to their work place. Commutation has become
the very part and parcel of our lives. With the development in modes of
transport, the travelling has become more comfortable and faster. It has become
easier to travel to far off places and convenient to reach the destinations
that were previously inaccessible. There
are different ways to travel – roads, railways, air routes or via the water route.
In this essay, we shall focus on roads – as a major mode of transportation.
With the increase in our transportation requirements, the number
of vehicles on the roads has increase exponentially. The increase in number of vehicles,
jam-packed roads and the haste to reach one’s destination results in accidents and
mishaps. Hence, all of us must follow certain rules in order to make roads safe
– for pedestrians as well as the drivers. Any neglect from drivers or the
pedestrians can cause accidents and may result in serious injuries or even loss
of life. Therefore, it is absolutely essential for each one of us to follow the
road safety rules and make them safe for us as well as others.
As a pedestrian, we should cross roads only when the light
for pedestrian crossing is on. Wherever possible, we should use zebra crossings
to cross the roads. We should walk on footpath and should refrain from jaywalking. If we use public transportation, like buses,
we should board the bus at the bus stop only. We should get down from the bus
only when it has completely come to a standstill. Taking out hands and head
from the windows may result in injuries; hence we should refrain from that. While
riding bicycles or two-wheelers, we should wear all the necessary safety gears
like helmets. As drivers, we should obey the speeding limits and should not
over-speed to reach our destination. Who hasn’t read a board randomly places on
the roads saying – “It is better late than never”? We should obey the traffic rules and should be
responsible for the pedestrian crossing too. It is a driver’s responsibility to
keep his/her vehicle in a proper condition (eg take care of brakes, engines
etc.) so that any failure in the machinery might not result in a mishappening.
It is essential for each one of us to follow traffic rules
and stay alert on roads in order to make roads a safer place. As the saying
goes –“Prevention is better than cure”. Road safety should be taught in school.
When giving driving license, there should be a proper test to check the
candidate’s awareness regarding traffic rules and signals. Media should also
increase awareness regarding the need of road safety. Only when everyone joins
their hands, we can prevent accidents and reach our destinations safely and