Where The Tire Hits The Road
Roads are so essential to our lives, that sometimes we forget just how dangerous it can be to be on them. We all use them in some way, probably every day, even if we are walking to purchase goods and services that have arrived in our local area. Most of us are on or alongside a road, walking, driving, riding, or travelling as a passenger at some time during the day.
Unfortunately, this level of exposure leads to people being killed and injured. Road deaths and injuries are not necessarily inevitable and there has been a drop in the number of people killed or injured on the road, even though traffic levels have increased, because many different strategies have been put in place to improve different areas of road, vehicle and driver safety.
Road traffic crashes are one of the biggest causes of death and injury in the world. They are the 9th leading cause of death globally. It’s even sadder when we realise that most of the victims are healthy before their crashes. Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, that’s over 3000 people a day! And another 20-50 million are injured or disabled. More than half the road traffic deaths happen in young adults ages 15-44. These are the people are who are, or who are about to become, economically active, supporting their families.
Some crashes are caused by vehicle faults. Fewer these days, because of legislation. But it is illegal to drive an unroadworthy vehicle.
Is your vehicle safely equipped to drive? Wheels, brakes, lights, steering, suspension chassis. These are all important areas to consider.