No matter where you live, there are general rules to follow in order to avoid danger.
We often get asked why our CLARA vest means so much to us when it comes to safety. Visibility is our number one answer – after all, the vest is there to light up you and your intentions (in the form of LED blinkers). However, that isn’t the whole story.
CLARA stands for general safety on the road. This doesn’t just mean making the users more easily seen – it also includes raising awareness of the issues encountered by cyclists, joggers, commuters and other traffic participants. Visibility doesn’t make you invincible – it just makes you less likely to be ignored.
That is why today we want to mention some general rules and advice to implement on the road. Here are 5 ways to decrease your chances of getting in an accident:
1. Make sure you look at the signs
We’ve mentioned signs and signals before. They deserve first place on this list because they represent the rules and laws of a certain territory. See a stop sign? You stop. See a speed limit? You obey it. Very simple.
Of course, sometimes we find ourselves in situations where signs aren’t readily visible or cannot apply to a certain situation. For instance, there is often confusion if there has been an infrastructure change (like a temporary narrowing of a street). In these situations, it’s better to be safe than sorry – slow down to a crawl if you have to, and make sure you have both eyes on the scene.
If you aren’t sure what a sign means, that can be tricky. Most of them are pretty common, but various countries use different colors or even shapes for the same thing. Google it! It could help save your life.
2. Know your strengths and weaknesses
Unless you’re driving a monster truck, you’re vulnerable on the road. Staying safe is not just about protecting yourself, it’s also about avoiding injury to others. Logically, any sort of accident is painful – financially, physically and/or mentally.
In any case, it’s best to evaluate yourself compared to other traffic participants: your speed, position and reaction time are all factors that can let you avoid danger.
3. Keep calm and journey on
Stress can make you react badly. Road rage is a huge issue all over the world, and it can result in some awful situations.
When participating in traffic, whether on the street or the sidewalk, try to be chill. An old proverb says “it’s better to arrive late than not to arrive at all”, and we agree completely. Rushing around in anger makes you less careful, and therefore more dangerous.
4. Pay attention to what you’re doing
You’ve seen the scene in movies before – the protagonist looks down to change a station on the radio or to read a text message, and BOOM! Hits a deer, hits a person, drives off of a cliff.
This doesn’t just apply to drivers. Pedestrians tend to look at their phones and walk right into traffic, cyclists listen to music and don’t hear warning horns... in order to stay safe, it’s best if all your senses are on the task.
5. Don’t drink and drive
Just don’t. Not anything, with or without a motor.
CLARA’s mission is to make the streets safer.
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