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Written By : SUN FIJI ADVERTISING. Right now, the current road death toll up to twenty-eight, compared to twenty-four last year.As the National Road Safety Council continueson its campaigns to
03 Aug 2010 12:00

Written By : SUN FIJI ADVERTISING. Right now, the current road death toll up to twenty-eight, compared
to twenty-four last year.As the National Road Safety Council continueson its campaigns to ensure road safety, local drivers
and pedestrians must also do their part to help keep the number of road deaths down. But doing your part isn’t just about strapping
in your seat belt or driving without drinking alcohol (which is still important). It’s more than that. One of the key things
that every driver must remember is to keep their concentration focused. This is a major part of the safe driving process – more
so than preventing yourself from using your phone or fidgeting with the radio or be distracted by passengers. It means being able to keep a sharp eye out for anyone who may run onto the road unexpectedly. You can sometimes expect that with kids or people
who have been drinking or basically, anyone who thinks they can outrun the speed of your car. You also need your concentration at its peak in order to take swift action, such as hitting the breaks on time. Whether you are an expert driver or a beginner, your ability to keep watch for anyone who may cross the road unexpectedly (or jaywalk as some people call it), is a skill that every driver must learn to master. Of course, it is always
easy when you come upon a zebra crossing or when the lights tell you when you have to stop and let crosser pass, but being extra cautious is a must in this day and age. Keeping an eye out for school children is something that drivers are going to have to be extra careful on the road about, especially with children crossing back and forth as they go to school. Closer to most schools,
there will be students holding crossing signs. However, further away, there aren’t that many signs that will assist schoolchildren. It will be up to you – the driver. Be careful especially during the mornings when they walk to classes and in the afternoon when they finish school. While driving upon any road, be certain that you do not get distracted by things like lighting a cigarette or changing a CD or texting your friend while you are behind the
steering wheel (yes, a lot of drivers in the urban areas tend to do that). A split second distraction is all that is needed for some crossers to be bold or foolish enough to run across the road, hoping to avoid your vehicle all together. When you are at a stop
light, be sure that all the crosses have left the road completely before you begin to move your vehicle again. Being a responsible
driver usually means having to be watchful all the time. It doesn’t mean that you should be paranoid about the pedestrians who use the road, but just cautious enough to make certain that you are not
responsible for another statistic on the road death toll.



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