Irish Road Safety Week (IRSW) is an annual event that this year takes place this week from Monday 3 October to Sunday 10 October. The week is full of events and campaigns including tyre safety, the promotion of road safety for children, education programmes and awards.
How we drive and how we act as pedestrians and cyclists when it comes to road safety is, for me, the most important aspect of road safety. It can be all too easy to get sucked into poor practices in the hurly burly of life.
Many years ago, when I first got behind the wheel of my first car, my Dad gave me a sticker for the window. It said quite simply;
It’s funny how all these years on that simple elegant message resonates with me still. If I’m rushing and pushing the speed limit, I always reflect that I should have left earlier, and calmer. The same principle makes me realise that driving courteously, letting someone in ahead of me makes me feel good; trying to fend them off and ‘get their first’ just makes me stressed.
The person behind the wheel is a person sitting behind a tool that is faster and heavier than a pedestrian or cyclist – we owe them a duty of care.
A final thought, the car we drive and maintaining it correctly is also part of road safety. An old heavy polluting car is not safe for peoples’ health, a poorly maintained car falls into the same category.
When it comes to changing your car, buying a car from a reputable dealer should ensure you have something that you can hit the road with knowing it has been checked and prepared with safety and reliability baked in.
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