Road safety is extremely important during the winter months. If you live and drive in a country that has freezing weather, you have to be extra vigilant as icy conditions can really harm you and your vehicle. Irish solicitors Hussey Fraser created this infographic which looks at all the facts and stats of road safety in Ireland and around the world. It even shows which countries drivers wear seatbelts the most!
Lets take a look at road safety and see how your country compares to the rest of the world…
Writen By Guest Author: Stella Fin
When you’re on the road, you’re automatically prone to accidents. However, some people are more prone to road accidents than others and they are people who are employed as drivers. These include bus drivers, truck drivers, heavy vehicle drivers and delivery drivers and anyone who drives as part of their job. Here are some tips that both employers and employees can use for safe work related driving to minimize the likelihood of road accidents.
- Control Driving Hours
It is an employer’s duty to control the daily driving hours by assigning tasks accordingly. The recommended limit for driving each day is 9 hours in total. Also, no driver must be required to drive more than 4 hours consecutively. A break after a few hours is necessary to prevent accidents and ensure the driver is alert at all times during driving.
- Avoid Tight Delivery Deadlines
Employers must make sure not to assign tight delivery deadlines to drivers as they may resort to rash driving, which increases the risks of accidents by many folds. Employers must assign each drivers tasks accordingly to ensure the business operations run smooth without any mishaps or accidents.
- Think of Alternative Arrangements
Is driving unavoidable? Can the meeting be done via telephone, video chat or any other way? Can you send someone on foot, or on bike? An employer must answer these questions to think of ways to avoid driving as it increases the risk of work related driving accidents.
- Ensure Insurance Coverage for Employees
Every state has laws for worker safety, thus employers should offer a workers compensation benefits program or insurance coverage to help employees in case of a work related injury. This works for the benefit of employees. An employer has the right to hire a work injury lawyer to file a lawsuit in case the employer denies benefits.
- Certificate for Good Condition for Vehicle
All employers must issue a written document that states that the vehicle is safe for driving. This especially is essential for vehicles that are older than three years. These documents should be revised and the vehicles should be investigated once a year to see whether they’re up to working standards.
- Follow Road Safety Rules
First and foremost, all employees must follow the prescribed road and driving safety rules. This includes not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, ensuring passengers are safe when a driver is behind the wheels, driving on a particular side of the road, rules for overtaking, driving in different weather conditions, etc.
- Know Emergency Measures
Drivers should know what actions to take in case of an emergency situation. E.g. in case of an accident or in case of vehicle failure, poor weather conditions, etc. You must have the knowledge of different routes, have some knowhow about the red signs in a vehicle so you can detect problems and have them sorted before they occur and cause accidents.
- Drive Within Speed Limits
The importance of driving within speed limits can never be overemphasized. As a driver, it is your responsibility to make sure you follow road safety rules and drive within the given speed limits, follow the signboards, not cross the red traffic sign, etc.
- Follow Instructions from Employer
It is very important to follow the route advised by the employer. This will help you and employer stay on the same page and will allow the employer to make necessary arrangements accordingly in case of emergency.
- Report Vehicle Defects
It is also important for you to report any defects in the vehicle to the immediate manager and make sure to not to drive that vehicle. Most employers will take action and cease the use of such a vehicle until it is safe for driving.
Work related injuries due to road accidents are common. It is important for both employer and employee to ensure that all safety precautions are taken to minimize the occurrence of unfortunate incidents which can result in huge losses for a business in form of vehicle costs, penalties and charges, poor traffic records, and high number of workers compensation claims.
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Driver behaviour Impaired driving
• Each year the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” impaired driving campaign is conducted in September and December with the involvement of thousands of law-enforcement agencies across the country. These enforcement crackdown periods are supported by national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” advertisement campaigns that run for about two weeks. The ads are designed to raise awareness and draw public attention to law-enforcement activities in every state. The advertisements convey the message that law-enforcement officers are vigilant in deterring drunk drivers. This law enforcement campaign is coupled with state programmes that address the underlying alcohol dependency problems. Special drunk driving courts that provide intensive interventions, as well as the use of ignition interlocks on the vehicles of offenders, are two examples. NHTSA provides a variety of technical resources to help States develop and expand the use of these special courts and ignition interlock programmes.
• Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS). This technology could prevent a vehicle from being driven by a drunk driver. NHTSA and the automotive industry have partnered to advance the long-term research in this advanced technology and will now begin working on the legal, public policy and consumer acceptance issues to ensure that when the technology is ready for commercialisation, manufacturers that choose to offer the system as an option will find a marketplace with few or no impediments to consumer adoption. The goal is to develop a system that can accurately and reliably detect when a driver is above the legal alcohol limit. The automatic system would be enabled every time the car is started, but unobtrusive so it would not pose an inconvenience to the non-intoxicated driver.
• NHTSA released a new strategic plan that will serve as a roadmap to ensure the safety of the nation’s growing population of older drivers and passengers. Data show a 3 percent increase in the number of people age 65 and older who died in motor vehicle crashes and a 16 percent increase in the number of people age 65 and older injured from the previous year. The data also show that older adults are at greater risk of dying or sustaining serious injuries, even in low-severity crashes. To address these concerns, NHTSA is focusing on vehicle safety, improved data collection and driver behaviour.
• The Department of Transportation released a set of tools to help communities combat the rising number of pedestrian deaths that have occurred over the last two years. As part of the campaign, NHTSA is making USD 2 million in pedestrian safety grants available to cities with the highest rate of pedestrian deaths and, along with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is launching a one-stop shop website www.nhtsa.gov/everyoneisapedestrian with safety tips and resources for local leaders, city planners, parents and others involved in improving pedestrian safety.
• The Department and NHTSA continue to focus on distracted driving and its deadly consequences. There are several resources available to the public, communities, States and safety organisations, including a redesigned www.distraction.gov. In April 2014, the DOT announced the Department’s first-ever, national advertising campaign and law enforcement crackdown to combat distracted driving. The effort includes television, radio and digital advertisements using the phrase U Drive. U Text. U Pay. and coincides with a nationwide law enforcement crackdown in states with distracted driving bans. In addition, a social norming component, One Text or Call Could Wreck It All, was launched in late 2011 with a television ad and other supporting materials. All of the PSAs direct audiences to StopTextsStopWrecks.org, a new campaign website where teens and young adults can find facts about the impact of texting while driving, and tips for how to curb the behaviour. The website also has an area where individuals can post on Facebook and share their solutions to stop texting and driving.
Vehicles Passenger cars
• NHTSA announced the Significant and Seamless Initiative in November 2013 which included a top priority of forward collision avoidance and mitigation. The agency is reviewing dynamic brake systems and crash-imminent brake systems that coexist with forward collision warning systems. Forward collision systems utilise vehicle technologies to detect a crash threat and warn the driver to take action. These braking systems add automatic braking, dependent upon the driver’s reaction to the warning, and either apply additional braking or full braking as necessary to avoid or lessen the severity of a crash. NHTSA is developing objective test procedures and surrogate test vehicles for this effort, as well as analysing the effectiveness of the systems and the impact on crashes.
• NHTSA has been conducting research through cooperative agreements with automotive manufacturers in order to assess the feasibility of developing effective crash avoidance systems that utilise V2V communications. This research is funded by the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) programme, which is administered by the Research and Innovative Technologies Administration (RITA). FHWA, FTA and FMCSA also participate in the programme. A key aspect of the V2V programme is the Safety Pilot model Deployment, designed to support estimation of the effectiveness of V2V safety applications at reducing crashes and to show how real-world drivers will respond to these safety applications in their vehicles.
• NHTSA issued a final rule in April 2014, requiring rear visibility technology in all new vehicles under 10 000 pounds by May 2018. This new rule enhances the safety of these vehicles by significantly reducing the risk of fatalities and serious injuries caused by backover accidents.
• NHTSA issued a final rule requiring lap and shoulder seatbelts for each passenger and driver seat on new motor coaches and other large buses. This new rule enhances the safety of these vehicles by significantly reducing the risk of fatalities and serious injuries in frontal crashes and the risk of occupant ejection in rollovers.
• Pedestrians – As part of NHTSA’s Significant and Seamless Initiative, one of the agency’s top priorities is forward collision avoidance and mitigation. This effort includes research into pedestrian collision avoidance and mitigation (PCAM) to include identification of pedestrian crash scenarios, assessment of technologies and development of objective test procedures for avoidance technologies. Additionally, NHTSA proposed that hybrid and electric vehicles meet minimum sound standards in order to help make all pedestrians more aware of the approaching vehicles.
• In January 2012, FHWA issued a “Guidance Memorandum on Promoting the Implementation of Proven Safety Countermeasures”. This guidance takes into consideration the latest safety research to advance a group of countermeasures that have shown great effectiveness in improving safety. Safety practitioners are encouraged to consider this set of countermeasures that are research-proven, but not widely applied on a national basis. Countermeasures are discussed in detail and fact sheets are provided for each to furnish detailed descriptions, related research studies, and evaluations of each countermeasure. Countermeasures include: roundabouts, corridor access management, backplates with retroreflective borders, longitudinal rumble strips and stripes on two-lane roads, enhanced delineation and friction for horizontal curves, safety edges, medians and pedestrian crossing islands in urban and suburban areas, pedestrian hybrid beacons, and road diet.
• The Highway Safety Improvement Plan (HSIP) includes a data-driven, strategic approach to improving highway safety and encourages the States to establish or improve their roadway safety data programme. Another major programme feature is a state-wide, coordinated strategic highway safety plan in each State that provides a comprehensive framework for establishing state-wide goals, objectives, and performance targets; and that integrates the four “E’s” – engineering, education, enforcement, and emergency medical services. The States will be guided by the plan and their data systems in using the HSIP and other funds to produce a program of projects and strategies to solve relevant safety challenges.
• The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) is a funding and authorisation bill to govern United States federal surface transportation spending. MAP-21 doubled the funds for FHWA safety programmes, provided a concentrated effort to maintain a data-driven decision making process to target available resources on the most pressing concerns, and improved collaboration and integration on multiple fronts – engineering, education, enforcement, and emergency medical services – to reduce highway fatalities and serious injuries. MAP-21 indicates a multi-billion dollar funding level for HSIP to strengthen the programme and provide states with better opportunity to focus and ultimately improve the highway safety programmes in their states.
Recent and on-going research
• Through the Significant and Seamless Initiative, NHTSA is actively involved in the development of safety systems for forward collision avoidance monitoring and mitigation, the improvement of seatbelt use through interlock systems, and ways to stop drunk driving through alcohol interlock systems.
• Additional vehicle research efforts are focusing on vehicle communications technologies to address a number of common crash scenarios. Current testing and pilot programs are currently underway.
• NHTSA continues to conduct research activities to understand driver behaviour through surveys, observation studies, simulation work in order to affect driver behaviour through vehicle changes and human behaviour changes. Such activities include but are not limited to distracted driving, speeding, belt usage, child safety seat usage, and helmet usage. The agency also conducts evaluations of campaigns and high visibility law enforcement activities to determine the effectiveness of such efforts.
Source: Road Safety Annual Report 2014
Writing by Social Monsters
Remember how we used to use phones to talk to people? Now we use it for everything else, or at least that’s how it seems. Balancing your checkbook, paying bills, playing a game, surfing the Internet, there’s so much you can do with a smartphone. So why not use it for different emergencies as well? Here are just a few apps the can help prevent or deal with car accidents.
Preventing Car Accidents
A driver with a phone is four times more likely to get into a serious, if not fatal accident, claims Automotive Fleet. Statistics detailing horrific accidents caused by someone who was texting while driving have been released over and over, yet people keep doing it.
But, there’s an app for that. Textecution is an app designed to disable texting on the phone as soon as it recognizes that it’s traveling faster than 10 miles per hour. Texts cannot be sent or received during this time so you don’t have a choice but to focus on driving. It’s available for Android devices for $9.99.
Car Accident Navigation
There are roughly 10 million car accidents each year in the U.S. Because of this, apps like iWrecked have been released that help in case of one.
This app has many features that help to navigate a car accident. On the main screen you have separate labels such as Send Accident Report and Accident History. For example, if you get in an accident, you can take an unlimited amount of pictures of the damage and then send the accident report with the pictures to the insurance company. In addition, using GPS, the app provides you with nearby towing companies and taxis and gives you a fully detailed accident log to fill out. Plus, all emergency contact numbers are stored right on the screen.
For the future, the app is looking to add a Pro Version, which will include a GPS location of the accident and GPS maps that you can add to a report.
Built for iPhones, iRezQ is a road safety app that starts working when your car starts going over 15 miles an hour. Using adjusted algorithms and sensors already built into the phone, the app automatically monitors certain parameters and can determine if the person who has the phone was involved in a car accident. In that case, the app will notify emergency responders using its emergency alert system. It also can notify nearby traffic if they have the road safety app installed. And, of course, live operators are there to give assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This app is free at the iTunes Store
These safety apps also work for the occasional car accident that happens near water. If you frequently drive near the ocean or lakes, you might want to consider a water-proof phone in case of an accident. Using technology for games and bills is great, but make sure you have the right tools when it really matters.
The Worldwide Day of Awareness begins in early June and every country in the world shows how important this day is.
Too many people die or are injured each year in accidents on railroad crossings. several objective observations show that this is rarely a railway problem, but more often a problem of behavior of other road users, pedestrians, motorcyclists, drivers etc …
Compliant signaling to traffic and basic common sense would significantly reduce the number of accidents.
With the success of the Road Safety Day at crossings organized in France for the first time in June 2008 at the initiative of RFF ( Réseau Ferré de France ), 28 European countries met in 2009 and more than 40 in 2010 to create a day of prevention aimed primarily at crossings.
Lifesaver ‘s mission in the U.S. is to promote safety and prevent collisions, deaths and injuries at railroad crossings and on railway property. A national network of volunteers provides free presentations on rail safety.
Listen to Operation ” LIFESAVER USA” by Helen Sramek .
Discover this year’s mini-documentary in English “ Saving Lives at Railrod Crossings – A price too high to pay”
The resqme team invites you to watch this video translated into French: the railrod crossings, a priority for lifeAnd for even better prevention, the resqme team advises you to provide a tool for road safety in your car.
When seconds count…™
Source: http://www.securite-passageaniveau.fr/la-journee-mondiale/ et http://www.ilcad.org/ILCAD-2014.html
The resqme tool prepares you to travel safely.
Several different pieces of information advise us on how to prepare our vehicles, load luggage safely, to prepare children to start driving, do not forget to stop every two hours, keep a safe distance between you and the car you are following, take care to watch speed signs, do not forget a water bottle and many other tips.
However, not tip to make sure you have a tool for road safety?
The company resqme does suggest you bring a tool for road safety before hitting the road.
We are all concerned with our safety, but also that of others, hence the importance of responsible driving.
This is also what most people do by equipping a resqme after discovering it, especially on blogs. This ingenious tool saves lives. Indeed, resqme is a compact survival key chain tool, which can cut a seat belt and break tempered glass if you were to find yourself trapped in the cabin of a vehicle. A rare situation, but more common than you might think and it is a real risk that everyone can one day be confronted with. All those who discover it fall in love with it! The resqme tool becomes their guardian angel, although everyone hopes they never to have to use it … The fact of having it always available on their keys, or better still, hanging on the rearview mirror or sun visor reassures drivers behind the wheel.
In addition, manufactured in the United States, this little tool, which exists in different colors, is available on Amazon.com and Ace, Doit Best, SaveyourLife.US, Autogeek.net, MicrofiberProducts.com, Safe Home and Jazebra.com for less than 10 dollars.
We wanted to remind everyone of the four life-saving steps:
1. Seat belt (cut)
2 . Side windows ( open or break )
3 . Children (Oldest to youngest)
Mark Dressekie, “Global Road safety Infographic” from guest Author share with us:
With April 23rd-29th marketing the United Nations Global Road safety Week, a startling statistic stand out from the recent world health organisation’s global status report on road safety that there are on average 1,24 million worldwide road deaths per year.
“Mark Dressekie is the owner and director of Woodstock Motors. He
regularly writes and blogs about motoring and other automotive topics”
The 1st Global Congress on “Women and Road Safety: Project for Society” will be held on March 8 & 9, 2014 at the Palais des Congrès, Skhirat, Rabat, Morocco.
Every day in Morocco and around the world, many people are killed or injured on the roads. Men, women and children who go to school or to work on foot or drivers never return home, leaving behind anguished families. Thousands of people each year spend long weeks in the hospital after a serious accident and many of them will never be able to live, work, or play as they once did.
Traffic accidents are a major public health problem worldwide, with adverse consequences on economic and social levels.
The risk of being killed in a traffic accident varies by age and sex and it is almost three times higher for men than women. However, according to the World Health Organization, the accidents are among the ten leading causes of death among teenagers and adult women.
In countries with high and middle income, accidents are the leading cause of death among the female population aged 10-44 years.
Considering the central and multifaceted role that women in society play as an active, constructive influence in their environment, the National Committee for the Prevention of Traffic Accidents (CNPAC) and the National Union of Women of Morocco (UNFM), have organized the 1st World Congress on Women and Road Safety under the theme “Women and Road Safety: Project for Society.”
Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the Conference is organized under the chairmanship of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem, President of the UNFM and to mark the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2014 in Rabat.
This global event is organized in collaboration with several international organizations concerned with the issues of road safety. In particular, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Road Safety Organization (PRI) , the Laser International Foundation and Laser Europe, the International Transport Forum (ITF) and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) .
The Congress is also an opportunity to highlight the role of partnership with civil society around a national cause for the preservation of human life and the fight against road carnage.
This Global Congress will also provide an opportunity to remind the world the roles that women and civil society can play in the field of road safety and challenges of the future.
More than 300 delegates will take part in this event. They represent respectively: international organizations, governments, the business community, research institutes and the various components of civil society. A Declaration on Women and Road Safety called “Rabat Declaration” will be developed at the end of the work.
Talk Before It Is Too Late
Road Safety announced that in January 2014, 238 people died in road accidents in France , against 239 a year earlier, representing a relatively stable (-0.5%) rate. The association of 40 million motorists challenged this figure. In fact, he noted that Road Safety announced 271 deaths for the month of January 2013. The difference is explained by the fact that road safety is based on provisional figures to present his monthly report, and its software statistical calculation overstated the final number of deaths in January 2013. However, 40 million motorists denounced a “statistical approximation,” wondering how road safety can compare final figures for January 2013 to provisional data for January 2014 (which will be consolidated in June).
Source: LARGUS.FR 02/07/14 and 02/10/14 PARIS newspaper )
Australians want to reduce drunk driving by random breathalyzers use.
In Ghana, there is support for a national ambulance service.
Malaysians want to change the road infrastructure to improve safety.
The United States of America wish to increase seatbelt safety through the campaign “Click It or Ticket.”
The Vietnamese want to improve the rate of helmet use by law enforcement.
Source: Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 – 2020 / World Health Organization .
– 157: The number of drivers arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
– 2: The number of people killed on our roads last week.
Will you be in the numbers next week ?
Ask yourself this painful issue as many times as it takes because behind each number there is a real person: Your father, your brother, your child, your spouse, your neighbor or even a stranger, and the stranger is a real person!
Each time you use the car on the road, you can help reduce these numbers.
Authoritative driving is a step towards better road safety.
You can change everything, it is you who are the master of your destiny!
And I sincerely believe that we should look at such an image being aware that tomorrow might be us!
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What to Keep In Your Car Emergency Kit
By Guest Author: Samuel Joyce
Drivers face a plethora of crisis every day. Traffic jams, rough weather, flat tires, dead batteries, stranded miles away from a gas station or eatery, in the middle of the night, overheated radiators and much more. Whether you are few hundred kilometers out of your hometown or on the other side of the country, your only immediate friend in crisis is an emergency kit. Always keep it stacked with all the necessary items that would help you come out of the difficult situations.Image via Flick User State Farm
Your car emergency kit should contain the following:
First Aid Kit
Must have of all is the first aid kit. Pack your first aid kit with all the essentials like latex gloves, anti-bacterial ointment, adhesive bandages- small and large, non-adhesive bandages, gauze, iodine, aspirin and medical tape.
Water-the elixir of life, is the most important item you should keep in your car. Never travel without it.
Keep emergency hammer like window breaker, seat belt cutter and fluorescent orange for signaling. Lug wrench, box cutter, screwdriver, are the basic tools that always need to be kept in the car. The kit should include jumper cables, a tire gauge, a fuel/fluid siphon and a couple of reflective triangles and flat road flares.
USB mobile device charger
The only connection between you and your family is a phone in crisis. A phone with a dead battery is useless. To avert such a situation, always keep a mobile device charger in your car.
Any emergency kit is incomplete without flashlights. In emergencies after dusk, if you are not able to search the things needed, then the entire stacking is pointless. Keep one flashlight with a strong beam. You can keep LED flashlights. They are cheap– two are enough. Always keep flashlight batteries in a jar outside the flashlight.
With smart phones in almost every pocket, road maps seem obsolete. However, what if you are stuck at a place outside the range of your GPS signal or the phone battery is dead. The GPS may also not help. At such places, only a road map or an atlas can help.
Carry a tire in a good condition assorted with a tire jack and tire iron. But, just keeping a tire is not sufficient. You must know how to change the tire as well.
Jumper cables are perfect to deal with a sudden breakdown of batteries. It will not provide a full charge but would be enough to get back home or a service station nearby.
Remember, if the battery is in a bad shape, visit a mechanic or auto parts store with a certified battery charger. You can also exercise the option of mobile car battery replacement which is available everywhere these days, whether you are in Melbourne, Johannesburg or Colorado. They repair and replace your alternator or starter motor. By keeping jumper cables, you can assist a stranded fellow as well.
If you are a victim of tire blowout stranded in the darkness or in low visibility conditions. Convey your distress to the passing vehicles by lighting roadside flares around the perimeter of the car or set-up reflective triangles.
Lighter or matches
It is wise to keep a pack of matches or a simple lighter in the emergency kit. With these, you can light a campfire or heat food or water or drive away the animals.
Keep a good supply of healthy snacks like nuts, muesli bars, dried fruits, wrapped energy bars in the car. These are useful even if you are not facing any crisis.
Keep spare clothes in the car. You might need them in sudden weather changes like rain or snow to layer up. Like clothes, keep extra blankets. They are the best means to keep you warm when the temperatures fall.
Pack your car emergency kit with all the above and have a safe drive!
Samuel Joyce is an automobile expert with keen interest in car safety. Safety while driving on the road is important and wheels, car battery and other parts also form an integral part of it. He has also given reviews for cheap car batteries Melbourne that have helped many to make the best choice when buying a car battery.