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Tips to prevent road accidents while driving : Overview by Ziqitza Healthcare

ABP Digital Brand Studio Published 16.02.22, 01:22 PM

Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd (ZHL), which is one of the Asia's largest emergency medical service providers and one of the fastest-growing comprehensive healthcare solution platforms in India, offers " Corporate Wellness " aimed at Creating a medical safe environment for the employees and their families that allows them healthy mind and body to be more productive, loved and loyal to the organization.

Experts at Ziqitza has made observations about the number of road accidents in India which are still on the rise, this spike in fatalities not only raises a question on the emergency services but also on how important road safety is to each one of us. We believe it is of paramount importance. But do we genuinely consider road safety that important while driving the vehicle too? If yes, then let’s have a sense of responsibility while driving the vehicles by following the 7Ds of road safety to prevent accidents:

#1. Defensive Driving:

We believe everyone on the road has the right of way, and common sense is in practising it whenever you find a vehicle in a hurry. This fundamental habit or quality is Defensive Driving. It is safe and a smart way to prevent road accidents. By being obstinate, blocking the path, or impeding the passage of a vehicle, you might end up increasing the risk of an accident. So, I would suggest you steer clear aggressive and reckless drivers instead of getting into road rage.

#2. Distance Between the Vehicles:

Driving too close deprives you of the adequate space needed to decelerate during a sudden stop, especially if the vehicle ahead hit brakes abruptly. If you are a driver of a truck or trailer, then take more precaution in maintaining the distance because it takes almost 40% longer for a trailer to stop as compared to a car.

Therefore, the experts in Ziqitza Healthcare Fleet Management services recommend you to follow a simple phenomenon of 3 second rule that allows you to keep your vehicle 3 seconds away from a permanent object alongside the road through which the vehicle ahead of you has passed. You can also double the seconds in case of trailers or lousy weather.

#3. Distraction-Free Driving:

We don’t want you to trap yourself in a situation where you aren’t aware of how someone or something “popped out of nowhere”. This excuse is what most of us give after a car crash. It testifies that we weren’t attentive on the road, which resulted in a slow reaction to critical or potentially dangerous conditions. So, don’t listen to loud music, eat food, smoke, apply makeup, text on a mobile phone or do anything else that distracts you while driving. Distracted driving leads to severe road accidents. It delays your reaction causing 90% of rear-end accidents. Similar Road safety training programs were conducted by Ziqitza Rajasthan in the past.

#4. Don’t Speed:

Drive within the specified speed limit because speeding can be fatal. Faster vehicles take longer to stop even after applying brakes and tend to skid. Also, the collision of a faster vehicle causes horrific injuries. It is one of the leading causes of around 70% of severe crashes.

#5. Deal with Blind Spots:

Overall visibility is essential in preventing road accidents. With certain blind spots around the vehicle, it becomes a necessity to familiarise yourself with them. Once you know how to deal with blind spots, you become cautious enough to check your rearview mirror and side mirrors for better visibility while driving. Checking your blind spot every 10 seconds is a good practice while-

- Changing lanes
- 2Backing out of the parking
- Merging with other traffic
- Before turning or pulling out your car from the kerb

#6. Don’t Drive While Drunk or Drowsy:

Driving under the influence of alcohol or in sleep & drowsiness causes reduced coordination and reaction ability, blurred vision and loss of consciousness as highlighted by experts in Ziqitza Healthcare Fleet Management services. These physical impairments lead to car accidents. Therefore, it is a punishable offense to drive inebriated and can result in cancellation of your license or yourself behind bars.

#7. Drive with Safety:

Always remember the basics of driving like wearing a seat belt or helmet, keeping a set of extra tyres and checking your vehicle thoroughly before starting your journey. These basic rules save lives. It is to be noted that over 70% of fatal crash victims are the ones who do not wear seat belts and helmets.

Unfortunately, even after following the above 7Ds while driving some of you or people around you may end up in a crash. In such an emergency, I recommend you to follow the 8th ‘D’ to save yourself and people around you, i.e., Dial 108 Ambulance Emergency Number operated by Ziqitza Healthcare. This emergency number is operated by Ziqitza Healthcare ltd with a hope to bring down the number of road accident deaths through its emergency services.

About Ziqitza Healthcare Limited

Ziqitza Healthcare Limited (ZHL) is the leading provider of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in India over the past 17 years. Ziqitza is a well-established corporate entity in primary healthcare services in India and the Gulf and has served 42 million people of India till date. Ziqitza Limited has not only witnessed but also partnered the dramatic change in the EMS scenario in India.

Our clients include hospitals, the Government and corporate clients in India & Gulf for varied EMS requirements like Ambulances, Medical Mobile units, telemedicine, and helplines. ZHL Rajasthan & Ziqitza limited Rajasthan also have appreciate Dr. Datar & his Expert team at Ziqitza Healthcare ltd for the observations made for the Road safety work environment solutions.

For further information please contact: visakh.dayanandan@zhl.in

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