July 26, 2020

More than 1.35 million people die in road traffic accidents each year worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In fact, traffic injuries are now the leading killer of people aged between 5 and 29, including a disproportionate number of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – especially in developing countries.

Over 90% of all accidents are caused by driver error, such as poor anticipation, inappropriate reaction to a hazard or violation of road traffic laws . Excessive speed is the main factor in 30% of fatal accidents, while distraction causes 10-30% of road deaths. Road safety is a shared societal responsibility, and influencing the behaviour of road users – including pedestrians and cyclists – offers by far the biggest potential for improving road safety. Here are 12 simple steps all drivers can take to help make the world’s roads safer.

12 steps to make the world’s roads safer

1: Belt up

Always ensure all passengers (front and back) as well as the driver are wearing their seat belt.

2: Move up

Headrests must be in the correct position to be effective.

3: Slow up

Abide by all speed limits and only overtake if it is safe to do so.

4: Back up

Keep a safe distance from the car in front.

5: Wise up

Drive according to the conditions, especially in bad weather.

6: Check up

Brakes, tyres and lights all need checking periodically to make sure they are working.

7: Wake up

Take a break every 2 hours and ensure you rest for a total of at least 11 hours in any 24-hour period.

8: Hush up

Activate the driving mode on your mobile phone.

9: Look up

For people on bikes, scooters and on foot.

10: Sober up

Just say no to alcohol and drugs.

11: Buck up

Keep yourself alert yet calm at all times while driving.

12: Sharpen up

Wearglasses/lenses if your eyesight is poor.