Road Safety facts and recommendations

Droom cares for your safety. We believe that enhancing road safety is a complex task, and that we all should shoulder the responsibility to create awareness in the society.

Road Safety: A Necessity

India has over 3 million kilometres of roads, which makes it the second largest road network in the world. However, the facilities for the road users are yet to be good enough to avoid accidents. The death toll is higher in developing countries, like India, where pedestrians, motorcyclists and passengers are vulnerable and vehicles lack the safety norms. Therefore, there is a growing concern of the road crash/accidents problem.

Facts about road accidents: The bitter truth

1 According to the World Health Organization (WHO), each year road traffic injuries take away lives of 1.2 million men, women and children around the globe. Out of this, India alone accounts for 10 percent of this number.

2 There is one death every four minutes due to a road accident in India.

3 As many as 50 million people are injured or disabled by road traffic crashes every year.

4 Road traffic crashes cost countries up to 4% of their Gross National Product (GNP). t isnestimated that developing countries currently lose approximately $100 billion every year. This is almost twice as much as the total development assistance received worldwide by the developing countries.

5 Social cost of annual accidents in India has been estimated at $ 11,000.

6 Without action, road traffic crashes are predicted to result in the deaths of around 1.9 million people annually by 2020.

7 Only 28 countries, representing 416 million people (7% of the world’s population), have adequate laws that address all five risk factors (speed, drink-driving, helmets, seat-belts and child restraints).

Droom recommendations

Keep Someone Informed

Inform somebody or leave a note at home about where you are going and for how long you plan to be out. This way your loved ones will look for you if needed.

Keep Your Identification Proof

Always carry you ID, like driving licence, a cell phone with emergency contacts taped to its back.

Be More Attentive

Never assume that other driver will see you or behave in a certain manner you expect. Your safety on roads is in your hands, so be attentive and careful while driving. Take situation in your hand instead of depending on the other driver.

Drive Smart And Sensible

Make sure to drive smart and sensible, especially during heavy traffic hours and through narrow streets. Give way to other traffic and pedestrians. Don’t take unnecessary U-turns or drive on wrong side to create more traffic jams.

Unplug Your Ears

Avoid using iPods or wearing headphones while you are on a busy road as you need to be able to hear approaching vehicles.

Beware of High-Risk Conditions

Watch out for any potential problem areas such as entrances to parking lots, bars, and restaurants, where there may be heavy traffic.

Get Accustomed to The Traffic Culture

Familiarize yourself with the unwritten local “road culture” and road regulations.

Watch at Odd Hours

At odd hours (for example, early in the morning and very late at night), people may be overtired and not as attentive.

Use Gestures

Use hand signals (as you would on a bicycle) to show which way you plan to turn.

Stay safe on road. Keep Drooming!