We have come to an age in time where it seems like everyone has a car these days. The roads are full which causes traffic jams, congestion and accidents. Does this happen because fellow road users are so in a hurry to get to their destination that they simply don’t care about other road users?
The high volume of vehicles on the road does cause problems, but shouldn’t it all work itself out if we all follow the road rules. After all, we learnt the road rules when we applied for our drivers’ licenses, right? The rules are quite simple if you think about it.
- Maintain your speed by adhering to the speed limits.
- Read the road signs and obey them.
- Obey the traffic light signals and don’t speed up just before it changes to red.
- Use the indicators on your car to show drivers whether you will be turning left or right.
- Apply your brakes timeously and at a fair distance so that drivers behind you are not surprised when you stop suddenly.
- Don’t cut in front of anyone.
- Don’t tailgate another car.
- Be courteous and considerate of other road users.
These are obviously only some of the rules, but you get the gist of it. A few basic rules and common courtesy will improve the flow of traffic on the roads, especially at large intersections. Obeying the traffic light seems to be the biggest issue. Driving during peak periods you have probably noticed that the intersection is blocked because there are cars in the middle of it. These are the ones that decided to speed up when the light turned orange and found themselves in the middle of the intersection because the traffic on the other side hasn’t cleared yet. Imagine if their brakes failed at this point. It would cause chaos and no one would be able to move. It’s probably a good idea to check your brakes often and get brake repairs, if necessary.
When someone decides to ignore the orange light, or worse, the red light, it causes a stalemate. No one can move. If the one or two cars had waited behind the line when the light turned orange, then the traffic for whom the light turned green for could flow freely. Yes, there are still a lot of cars during peak time but a little of patience can take the pressure and stress away which could minimise delays and accidents.