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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 happily.
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