Following the accident one week ago that killed a beautiful, talented young Kenyan woman full of potential; I decided to do something about. To be honest with you, I’ve been super scared on the road the last few days. I think about what happens to her and it sends shivers down my spine.
Life is quite short, you know…It comes so slowly and ends so fast.
A decision she made on the road, led to her untimely death. I know accidents happen and sometimes there is nothing we can do about it, but it’s better to be armed with truckloads of knowledge so that you know how to protect yourself when worse comes to worst.
I was involved in a car accident once and I can admit, it’s not something you want to experience. Looking at the pictures of this lady’s accident, mine was nothing. I hit a pickup from behind and our car was damaged. But it was still drivable and no one was hurt. However, I was super scared and were it not for my mum encouraging me that things like this happen, I would never have gained the courage to get behind the wheel again.
The information here is not only directed to others, this is information am directing to myself and I hope it is helpful to me and to many lady drivers.
So, here are my top tips on how we can all stay safe on the roads and avoid these grisly and mindless accidents that are taking the lives of our cherished men and women on the Kenyan roads.
- Speed is not your friend. Speed kills, cliché, but so true. You might love the thrill of your foot on the gas pedal, the smell of rubber hitting the road or the sight of your car meandering through the lanes of Thika Superhighway, but if you love your life, these are not the things for you. One myth that most people believe to be true is that true lovers of life enjoy speed and the adrenaline that comes with it. THIS IS NOT TRUE. If you are a true lover of life, you drive carefully and stay safe so that you get to enjoy your beloved life.
- You cannot multitask while driving. You might be the hero of your home where you juggle the kids, cooking, cleaning while watching TV, but the road is not your house. It is full of maniacs who have no care in the world. So, reserve texting, making calls and unwrapping sweets to when you get home. If it is an absolute emergency, pull over, switch on your hazard lights, then make the call.
- Stay alert. The more you gain experience on the road, the less careful on the road. The first days when you start driving, you are so scared, that you are extremely careful on the road. You keep your distance and look out for road signs and follow them to the letter. How I wish we all stick to those days. Don’t bring your stresses to the road. You could actually die. Just focus.
- Don’t drive while tired, fatigued, depressed or on medication. Just don’t do it. You will fall asleep or lose concentration and find yourself in a ditch, which is the best case scenario. We all know what the worst looks like. Keep off the roads if you know you are not fit to drive.
- Make sure your car is well-maintained. Don’t drive with a faulty car. I know moist of us ladies don’t want to know the nitty gritty’s of our cars, but a simple check in the morning could save your life. Check the oil, water and lights are all in good condition. Oh, and please visit your mechanic for the maintenance servicing on or before the indicated date.
- Rules are meant to keep you safe. The rebellious self in all of us sometimes tries to convince us that the government is trying to oppress us by setting the speed limit at 80Kph. Nothing could be farther from the truth. These rules are meant to keep you alive and ensure that you have a safe drive from point A to point B. I am amazed at how people complain when the government enforces a law requiring everyone to wear their safety belt. It’s like complaining because you have been told not to touch fire!!!#irony
- DON’T DRINK and DRIVE. Just don’t do it.
What other tips do you follow to stay safe on the roads??
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