Safe Driving Tips

Safe Driving Tips

SOBER UP : Drive sober, not impaired by any alcohol, illegal drugs, or medication that can affect driving.
WAKE UP: Drive alert.  Have enough sleep, take regular breaks and stop if feeling tired.
BUCK UP: Drive with good eyesight and not stressed or physically ill.

Global status report

The Global status report on road safety 2013 presents information on road safety from 182 countries, accounting for almost 99% of the world’s population. Read more..>

Our Objectives

Our main objective is to reduce road deaths and injuries on Kenyan roads through sustained road safety education and campaigns. Other objectives include the following:

•To improve road users behaviour and acceptance of traffic rules and enforcement initiatives.
•To raise awareness among Kenyans; children and adults –of the extent of death and injury on roads and their power to prevent it through careful/safe use of roads.
•To stimulate community activities promoting road safety, involving volunteers and professional bodies.
•To target key high risk groups to achieve behavioural improvements on roads by providing research based road safety educational projects. The following sectors will be a priority; matatu industry, public transport drivers, trucks, fleet drivers, young drivers.
•To provide relief/counselling for families bereaved or seriously injured in road crashes.

How we achieve our objectives

We Collaborate with other organisations in initiatives aimed to reduce road carnage in Kenya.  Our key focus is pillar 4 of the decade of action - safe road user behaviour

1. Strengthening Public Awareness
We will involve a broad spectrum of stakeholder to promote safer roads for everyone by encouraging and reinforcing attitudes that leads to safer and more considerate behaviour by all road users. We will come up with creative, targeted and measured approaches, ensuring that areas that most need our support get it. In the process, we will make road safety a high profile issue that every member of the public takes seriously. We aim to work with the media, local authorities, voluntary organizations and neighbourhood associations, and the police to make road safety a community issue.

2. Partnership with Private and Public Sector
These Sectors are critical in ensuring the socio-economic development of Kenya and the achievement of Vision 2030. They are the largest employers in Kenya and therefore have a huge stake in ensuring that its customer base, employees, and suppliers are not adversely affected by road carnage. The private sector has a huge potential in advocating for stronger measures to uphold road safety, advocating and promoting high standards in road construction, maintenance and road use, and generally protecting its investments.
The media will be an important partner for us, helping us to take the message of road safety to the public and road users.

Parliament will be crucial in the fight against road carnage.  We need to enact more decisive and robust laws to deal with traffic offenders.  We also need to establish robust institutions to set and maintain standards.  We hope to establish a working relationship with friendly and passionate member/s of parliament.  

Our Focus

a)Public education and information
Some types of behaviour and attitude strongly increase the risk of accident and injury. They include, exceeding the speed limit, use of alcohol, non-use of seat belts etc.
If road users respected road traffic legislation perfectly the number of accidents would be greatly reduced. We intend to use information and campaigns to reduce accidents by promoting safer behaviour in traffic and by giving road users improved knowledge and more favourable attitudes.

b)Road design, Construction, Maintenance and Equipment
Design flaw can be a major cause of accidents. Traffic management while constructing roads is a major problem in Kenya. Sudden diversions, at times using heaps of sand, uncovered holes and trenches, inadequate signs, invisible diversions at night and more dangers are common. Lastly the lanes are left unmarked. All these factors are a recipe for road accidents.

c)Traffic Control
In the cities, conflict between road users increases at junctions. Speed limit is set as a compromise between the need for mobility for drivers and of the need for safety.
d)Driver Training and Regulation of professional drivers
This must be one of the weakest links between our bad accident statistics and our drivers. We need to address the way we test our drivers urgently. Most Public service vehicles drivers are very poorly trained. Some graduate from being conductors. They are mainly hired on casual basis and paid by the number of trips they make. They have no pride in what they do. This is extremely dangerous. The result; fatal accidents every single day

e)Police Enforcement and Sanctions
Seat belts can reduce the risk of being seriously injured or killed by 45-50%.

f)Vehicle Maintenance
It is obvious that the technical condition of a vehicle may affect road safety. Vehicles must be periodically checked by qualified technicians so that they are in sound condition. Tyres must have the right grip and pressure.

g)Post Accident Care
We aim to set up a helpline for trauma victims. An accident is a traumatic experience and affects many more people directly and indirectly.
It is unfortunate that some injuries at scenes of accidents are made worse by handling. The public needs to be aware. All drivers must be encouraged to undertake First aid course.
There have also been many cases of insurance companies short changing victims of accidents. This makes a sad story worse.