Road Safety

Road safety becomes more and more important to teach to every citizen including our children as the death toll rises high nationwide. Over the past decade, more than 10 lakh people have died due to road accidents and more than 50 lakh people have been seriously injured or disabled due to it.

That seems quite a lot for just one decade. One of the main solutions if we want to reduce that number in the near future is to focus on the road safety. Learning how to drive once and obtaining your driver’s license and renewing it every few years cannot be enough for the seriousness of the safety in the road. As people forget the rules and regulations and signs time by time.

One of the most effective way to be a better driver or a citizen on the road is to take a defensive driving course. The reality of this course is that it really takes you through the fundamentals of the driving safely on three basic areas; rural roads, city roads and highways. These fundamental values of road safety is not only for the adult drivers on the road but also for the children. It is quite necessary for any child to know the actual road safety information to be safe on the road, as according to the sources, 46 children die every day due to road accidents and lack of road safety rules and regulations.

Let us look into the aspects of road safety into the three basic areas:

Rural Roads:

A large population of India lives in rural areas, a road safety education for the people of the rural areas can really help in making a positive impact on them on the basis of both health and economic wise.

Let us look into the type of rural roads:

  • Village roads: These are the roads mostly of mud that connect other villages and areas around the villages.
  • Other District Roads: These are the roads that connect the individual villager with the market areas, government areas and other important socioeconomic buildings for the welfare of the people.

Common risks that can be encountered on rural roads:

  • Intersection hazard: Accidents can easily happen in the intersection on a village road as there are usually bushes, trees and hoarding that makes the visibility null.
  • Physical hazards: Any object that is sharp enough for the fragile tires of cars or bikes can easily be found on the village roads.

City Roads:

City roads can be overwhelming with the sight of cars, auto-rickshaw, buses, cycles altogether in one road crammed up together. And each of these vehicles set their own challenges for the safety on the road. We all know how city roads look and work but there are some of the common risks that can be encountered on city roads:

  • Pollution of light: Too many lights from vehicles can cause any driver to get distracted visually that can lead to a serious accident.
  • Accidents at junctions: Oncoming traffic in the junctions and insufficient signs for pedestrian can really result in a disastrous accident.


There are two types of highways namely; national and state highways. Although they consume a minute percentage of area in India but they handle mostly half of the total traffic. With increasing demand on the highways a better, safer road is necessary for the drivers.

Let’s look at the types of risks that can be encountered on highways:

  • Road Maintenance: Potholes that are not repaired quickly can cause a major accident on the highways due to fast moving vehicles.
  • Lack of visibility: Although highways are well lit but sometimes those lights are not sufficient for visibility of speed breakers from far ahead, safety signs, speed breakers, animals, and much more.
  • Physical objects: Any objects that is accidentally placed on the road can cause serious accidents among vehicles.

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