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World Bank Policies for Road Safety Management in Africa

World Bank Policies for Road Safety Management in Africa

Road Safety is a very important issue of global concern. Road accidents are one of the top killers of humanity. Every year an estimated number of 1.3 million die from road traffic crashes and 78 million get injured. This is very alarming!

African is one of the continents with about 90% of their transport activities done via road. Road networks aid the transfer of goods and services, transaction of business, access to health care, education and so on. Africa is said to also have only 2% of the world’s vehicles.

But it is amazing to know that 16% of road accident fatalities occur in Africa. With only 2% of the world’s vehicles and 16% of the global road fatalities according to World Bank Group, it tells you that more needs to be done to reduce the increasing rate of road accidents in Africa.

Road deaths in Sub-Saharan African are projected to increase dramatically looking at the current road fatalities to move from 243,000 in 2015 to 514,000 by 2030. This is the reason for the World Bank policies for road safety management in Africa.

The World Bank policies for road management in Africa must be taken seriously by all stakeholders to reduce the rate of road accidents in Africa.

The following are the three World Bank policies for road safety management in Africa:

  • The establishment of lead road safety agencies (if they do not exist) or their strengthening, as well as capacity building to effectively sustain safety improvements.
  • A series of key policy and investment decisions relating to the road network, driver and vehicle regulation, better data management systems and legislation addressing key risk factors.
  • Investment in systematic mainstreaming of road safety in regional trade road corridors to minimize deadly crashes.

Do you agree with the World Bank policies for road safety management in Africa? What policies for road safety management is your country putting in place to reduce the alarming rate of road safety? Share your comments below.

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The Responsibility of the Government in Road Safety

The Responsibility of the Government in Road Safety

Road safety is a shared responsibility. It is the responsibility of drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and ultimately the government.

The government cannot be blamed for road accidents, but the responsibility of the government in road safety cannot be underestimated.

The following are core responsibilities of every government in road a safety.

  1. Construction of roads and fixing of junk roads.

The first responsibility of the government in road safety is the construction of roads and fixing of junk roads. Bad roads increase the risk of road accidents as it makes it uncomfortable for drivers when moving along it.

Most drivers, in their quest to avoid and jump pot holes plunge themselves into road accidents. This is actually the cause of the government in the first place.

  1. Licensing and authorizing of worthy vehicles on the road.

It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that only drivers who are eligible to driver and have driving license drive on the road.

This is to avoid road accidents as well as preventing reckless driving on the road. A vehicle that also does not meet the respective road safety standards must not be allowed on the roads.

  1. Setting up road safety policies, systems and structures in the country.

Every country needs the required road safety policies to ensure safety on the road. And it is the responsibility of the government to enact laws, regulations and policies to prevent road accidents in the country.

  1. Enforcement of road policies, systems and structures to ensure road safety.

Polices, practices and laws are useless if they are not being enforced to ensure safety. That means the ministries, security systems, police and other law enforcement agencies must enforce the policies to ensure road safety.

By so doing, the rate at which accidents occur can be reduced. This is a core responsibility of the government in ensuring road safety.

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5 Things All Drivers Must Keep in Mind When Driving

5 Things All Drivers Must Keep in Mind When Driving

You might be excited to receive your license as a driver. Driving is a useful skill people must know. Also know that it is also a privilege and you must be a responsible person before you start driving your vehicle. There are 5 things all drivers must keep in mind when driving!

The owner’s manual of any car will tell you in the most excruciatingly simplistic step by step manner possible – how to operate everything from the seat belt to the trunk lock and how to finely tune the rear headrest with ferocious, compulsive precision. However, there 5 things all drivers must keep in mind when driving in order to avoid accidents!

#1: How to change a tire

If a tire blows, don’t try to save it or its wheel by stopping immediately in a lousy situation, the shoulder of a busy freeway counts as a lousy situation. If possible, find a level, solid, well lit surface and park, even if that means driving a mile at low speed with your hazard lights on. And do not stop in traffic.

5 things all drivers must keep in mind when driving

Then make sure the car can’t roll. The parking brake should be on and the transmission in park or in gear. Grab the spare, lug wrench and jerk. Most new cars use scissors – type jacks that raise the car up at a predefined point on the car’s structure.

#2: How to check your Tire pressure

Everything any car does depends on the four rubber donuts on which it sits. Making sure those tires are properly inflated is the best way to guarantee your car performs as its best from a handling and fuel – efficiency standpoint.

There are fancy tire gauges and straight forward tire gauges but they all work pretty much the same way. Simply take the gauge to each tire, remove the valve – stem cap, press the gauge flat against the value stem and the gauge will read the pressure.

#3: Obey traffic rules

You must keep in mind the speed limit and driving too fast will give you less time to react. Make sure you put on your seat belt and passengers sitting behind you must also wear the seat belt.

Don’t drive your vehicle like you own the road. Never try to imitate other drivers and try to stay away from aggressive drivers. A lot of accidents are caused on freeways. You should never try to pull out in someone else lane.

#4: Use turn signals

While passing, turning and emerging you must be alert. Other drivers may be around you. Many accidents happen to turn the vehicle without turn signals. Avoid turning left side across the busy area which doesn’t show turn signals. You should plan a route that doesn’t need a turn. If you find another vehicle in your lane, wait for the traffic to clear.

5 things all drivers must keep in mind when driving

#5: Keep a distance from another vehicle

Most cars come up with the powerful braking system but still one should maintain a distance from other vehicles which is moving in front of you. You can be courteous to follow the rules on the road, but others may not be.

One need to become a defensive driver rather than being aggressive. Horns are used to alert drivers around you. One should never overuse the horns. This can irritate other drivers by causing unnecessary troubles on the road.

Well, now you are aware of all the 5 things all drivers must keep in mind when driving! Hope you will keep them in mind? Share your comments below on the 5 core things.

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Four Ways Overspeeding Causes Road Accidents

Four Ways Overspeeding Causes Road Accidents

Speeding is a leading cause of car accidents that greatly increases the risk of death or injury for motorists in Kenya. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), speeding is a major factor in approximately a third of all traffic fatalities.
It also plays a major role in serious injuries caused by car accidents. Not only does over speeding causes road accidents, but it can also make accidents worse when they do happen. The speed of a vehicle is directly related to the impact it causes in a crash, which affects the extent of personal injuries in many cases.
If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a driver who was over speeding, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries – even if the driver was not ticketed for speeding or was ticketed but had it thrown out.
Here are four ways by which over speeding causes road accidents
 
·      All drivers are responsible for knowing the speed limit when they are driving. When a driver exceeds the speed limit, then they are of course considered to be “over speeding.” With the help of digital speed governors you can notice your and monitor your speed while driving!
Going fast is the main cause of most fatal speeding related accidents. High speed accidents are known to result in serious and deadly crasher, even if only one vehicle is involved. Rollover accidents are also much more likely to happen if a driver is driving at a high rate of speed.
 

 

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·       Failure to maintain reasonable speed. Some argue that exceeding the speed limit is necessary when the surrounding traffic is going over the set speed limit. Speed warning systems installed in your vehicle can keep you in the check!
 ·  Driving Too Slow: Many may be surprised to learn how many accidents are caused by someone driving too slowly. It’s been proven that traffic accidents are caused much more often by drivers who are driving below the speed limit than those who are driving too fast.
In fact, driving even to MPH slower than the surrounding traffic greatly increases your chance of being in an accident!
Most people would probably agree that going 100mph is foolishly dangerous and will very likely lead to a disastrous car accident. The problem is that exceeding the speed limit by 5mph in the wrong place can be just as dangerous. That is why engineers and local government authorities have determined the maximum speeds allowable for safe travel on the nation’s roadways.
Consider this example of pedestrian accident caused by minor or moderate levels of speeding.
 
 A pedestrian walks out into a crosswalk with an approaching car theft travelling at 30 mph. If the driver brakes when the pedestrian is 45 feet away, there will be enough space to stop without hitting the pedestrian.
Now, increase in the vehicle’s speed by just 5 mph will change the situation dramatically. At 35mph and the pedestrian was 45 feet away, this means the car will be travelling at 10mph when it hits the pedestrian!
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A pedestrian accident at 18 mph can cause major injuries or even wrongful death. To prevent speeding car accidents, drivers should observe the three second rule, no matter what speed you’re driving. This is how it works.
  •        While driving, pick out a sign or pole on the side of the road.
  •          When the car in front of you passes it, count off three seconds.
  •            The front of your vehicle should not reach the marker before you reach three.
  •          If you pass the marker before you reach the count of three, back off and try again.

Make sure, however, the three second rule does not take your eyes off the road because that just sets the stage for another type of accident. We wish that more people could understand how speeding does not save them time and only increase the danger to themselves, passengers and others. If parent’s over-speed in the presence of their children, how does that parent expect their children to drive?

 Sure you understand how over speeding causes road accidents? What is on your mind? What are your comments, suggestions and questions? Kindly share them below!
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THE 5 DANGERS ALL DRIVERS MUST BE AWARE OF

THE 5 DANGERS ALL DRIVERS MUST BE AWARE OF

The road is free used by everyone regardless of one’s educational background, status, sex, race, creed or religion. To ensure safety on the road, there are top 5 dangers all road users must be aware of to avoid accidents.
The Dangers of Overloading
 
Every motor vehicle has limits to the number of passengers or the weight of goods
that it can carry. When the driver exceeds the limits then the vehicle is
overloaded. Overloading is not advisable: it is against the road traffic law.
It affects the stability and balancing of the vehicle on the road. It slows down
the movement of the vehicle. It can lead to single vehicle accident. It reduces
the useful life of the vehicle. It affects the engine.
Before loading the vehicle, the driver should check the load limit of the vehicle.
Ensure that the load does not exceed the limit. Know the overhead clearance in
case there is any overhead bridge on the route and be concerned about the
comfort and safety of passengers.
Driving In the Rain
 
 
Driving in the rain poses some problems. There are dangerous conditions which occur
when it rains:
  •         The road becomes
    wet and slippery.
  •         The tires of the vehicle may not have full
    grip on the road surface because of lack of adhesion.
  •         Visibility ahead
    may be reduced.
  •         The edge of the
    road may not be visible.
  •         Some roads may
    become impassable because of flood.

What One Must Do during rainy season:

  •          During rainy
    season, make sure you take weather warnings seriously.
  •          Reduce your
    speed.
  •          Increase the following distance between you
    and the vehicle ahead from 2 seconds to 3, 4 or      5 seconds.
  •          Never drive so
    close to the edge of the road.
  •          Park when visibility is very poor.
  •          Wiper blades
    must be functioning.
  •               Avoid routes which could be flooded during the
    rainy season.

Driving In a Mountainous Area

 
This is one of the top 5 things all driver must be aware of to avoid road accidents.When
driving in hilly and mountainous areas, a driver needs to know what to do and
what not to do.
 
What to do.
·
Make sure your
brakes are working.
·
When one is descending, the vehicle speed
increase because of the force of gravity.
·
Reduce speed by
taking your leg off the accelerator once you start descending.
·
Select a safe
speed.
·
Look for warning
signs which indicate the steepness of the road and obey such signs.
 
What to do when climbing a hill
·
  •        Loads must be
    securely fastened to prevent any from tumbling down.
  •        Never overtake.
  •        Increase speed
    before you start climbing.
  •        Select a low
    gear to enable you climbs the hill.
  •        Staying in your
    line, concentrating on your climbing and check out the corners before moving.

Driving on the motorway

 
Motorways are usually dual carriageways on which vehicles travel fast. On account of the
speed, animals, pedestrians, hawkers and pedal cyclist are not to use the
motorway. Activities such as waiting, stopping, loading and offloading are not
allowed on the motorway.
On the motorway;
  •          Make sure the
    vehicle is fit and roadworthy to travel fast.
  •          Tyre’s are
    inflated at the correct pressure.
  •          Make sure the
    vehicle has enough fuel, oil and water.
  •          Observe the road
    ahead continuously.
  •          Observe traffic to
    the sides.
  •          Never change
    lines suddenly .anticipate the action or inaction to other drivers. Reduce your
    speed as you approach the end of the motorway.

Road signs and Marking

Road signs and marking guides, warns, informs, directs and regulates road users. Road
signs are identified by colors [red, yellow etc] by shape [triangular inshape etc.], by symbol.
  •          Triangular signs
    give warning
  •          Circular signs
    give orders
  •          Rectangular
    signs give information.
Here you are with the top 5 dangers all driver must be aware of to avoid road
accidents. Kindly share your comments below! You can also make suggestions and
additions.
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