DRIVING - A FORGOTTEN RESPONSIBILITY?

When was the last time you read a daily newspaper that did NOT have a story of some tragic motor vehicle accident on its first pages?

 

While owning and operating a motor vehicle allows us greater freedoms and flexibility, it also charges motorists to be responsible for routine vehicle maintenance and ever mindful of external factors such as other drivers and deteriorated road conditions.

 

Statistically, most accidents don’t necessarily have to do with knowing how to drive a vehicle, but more so which decisions the driver makes behind the wheel.  The primary cause of accidents is driver distraction – usually the use of cell phones while driving followed closely by speeding, reckless and aggressive driving. There increase of blatant disregard for the safety of others while driving and failing to abide by cautionary measures has significantly impacted road fatalities in Jamaica over the past year.

 

Many persons are somewhat guilty of ignorance of the Road Traffic Act, and the Toll Road Act – easily available online - which are steadfast guides on the measures that motorists should meet to maintain their safety on the roads.

 

While using Highway 2000 East-West some of the key points to keep in mind include:

 

·         Respect and maintain the prescribed speed limit

·         Not switching lanes too quickly

·         Proper tyre maintenance which improves your vehicle’s ability to brake

·         If fatigued do not embark on your journey till you are rested

 

As we approach the height of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season, motorists are urged to adjust their speed while driving on wet roads and be especially mindful of water runoffs or ponding that can significantly and negatively impact driver safety.

 

Please ensure that you save our EMERGENCY ONLY toll-free number of 1 888 429 5632 in case you need assistance while using the corridor and need any supportive services.

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