We all know how difficult it is to cope up with a sudden loss of life of a near and dear one; moreover, if the person who died was the bread earner, then the lives of the dependents turn topsy-turvy. One of the major reasons for sudden or unexpected deaths in India is road accidents. The irony is that most of the road accidents could have easily been avoided. In the following essays, I have tried to discuss the causes of road accidents and also suggested some solutions. I hope you will appreciate my effort and also my essays.
Long and Short Essay on Road Accident
Essay 1 (250 words)
When we were young, we were taught “precaution is better than cure”, and so many other things like “one should help a person in need”, etc but as we grow old we almost forget these things and seldom follow them and by the time we realize that what was taught to us is really true and worthwhile, it gets too late.
Road Accidents in India
According to data, around one and a half lakh persons die due to road accidents per year in India alone and according to research most of the deaths are avoidable. Then the million-dollar question is, “why we are not avoiding it”? From where this idea, that wearing helmets and fastening of seatbelts is boring has crept into our minds, I am unable to answer.
I tried to find the answer to the question. According to my dad, films, television and media are one of the main reasons. Film stars and television personalities are shown indulging in irresponsible behavior in movies and serials. For example, riding very fast on a bike without a helmet and with a girl on the back who is cheering and shouting with joy. Kids and young adults who idolize film stars and television personalities find it cool and try to imitate it in real life without realizing that what was shown in the movie was a complete fake or special effect.
Movies like “Dhoom” and “Fast and Furious” etc have glamorized speed. Even bike companies in their advertisements emphasize the speed of their machines. That is why fast bikes are a craze among youth. Every boy wants to own one of these and every girl wants to have a boyfriend who has one of these.
Young boys and girls are routinely found racing on empty roads (sometimes busy also) and highways by the police. Normally they are left with a strong warning but the problem is that it is not mending them.
Government and few non-government organizations have taken the initiative to educate the youths. Even film and television stars have come out and appealed to youngsters. Progress is slow but let’s hope that in the coming time people (especially youngsters) will behave more responsibly and we will be able to control road accidents in India.
Essay on Road Accidents, Causes, and Remedies (400 words)
We Indians are a great lot and are really great at discipline. Where it is written “no parking”, their one can easily find many vehicles parked. This is a very common scene in cities. The next one is more hilarious. In government offices one can find written on the wall, “do not spit” or in Hindi, “Yahan pe thukna mana hai”. At that very place, you will find lots of spits”. The silver lining is that at least it’s not life-threatening but not following traffic rules and guidelines could result in loss of life.
Causes and Remedies of Road Accidents
- Lack of discipline
I think this is the biggest reason for road accidents. We are aware of the rules but just don’t follow them. The most common rule which we don’t follow is, wearing helmets and fastening of seat belts. This simple precaution can save us from serious injuries in case of accidents and it is easy to follow.
On should not cross a railway crossing when it is closed but who cares. It is common to find bikers and cyclists pushing their vehicles from under the closed bars. When asked for the reason, the common reply is, “sir JI late ho Raha Tha”. I am unable to understand why one would risk his life, just to save 5 or 10 minutes. If you want to reach your office/home in time, then it is a good idea to move a bit early but crossing a closed railway crossing is not advisable as it could result in serious injuries or even loss of life.
Mobile phones have revolutionized our world but at many times they prove a big nuisance. It is common to find people chatting on their mobile phones while they are driving. This increases the risk of an accident many times. It is not advisable to talk on the phone even if using hands-free because one still gets distracted.
Listening to music or radio is also not advisable while driving because it can also cause distraction. If we follow all these rules (be in the discipline), there is a good chance that we may never meet an accident.
- Natural and other Causes
There are many factors which are under our control but also there are some factors which are not under our control. For example, bad roads, bad weather, stray animals, etc. I agree these factors are not under our control but if we take precautions, we can minimize the effect of accidents in case they happen.
People need to be convinced that following rules and being in discipline is also cool and it is in their interest to follow traffic rules.
Essay on How to Prevent Road Accidents (500 words)
We all are used to ignore statutory warnings. Be it cancer warnings on chewing tobacco and cigarettes or traffic warnings, like, “drive slow”, “do not overtake” etc. Normally our attitude towards them is that they are meant to be ignored.
Actually, preventing road accidents is very easy, there is no rocket science in it. We just have to stick to basics but the problem is, who cares.
How to Prevent Road Accidents
- Do not Over Speed
We all love speed. This is why fast bikes and fast cars are in great demand. Even manufacturers highlight the speed of their machines in their advertisements. When traffic police catch us speeding, then our standard excuse is, “sir, I was getting late for office”. I am sure most of us will agree to the fact that it’s a lame excuse. The solution to this is simple, “leave your house early”.
Sometimes we do it for fun (especially youngsters indulge in racing or stunts). I think they get inspired by movies and serials without realizing that what is shown to us is a special effect and fake.
- Do Not Drink and Drive
This reason is responsible for the majority of major road accidents. First of all, it is not a good idea to drink but let’s say, you end up eventually having few glasses in a friend’s party than under no circumstances should you be driving. You can ask someone who is not drunk, to drive or you can take a taxi, etc.
It has been proven scientifically that alcohol reduces the ability of the mind to think and react properly. Therefore, doesn’t matter how confident you are feeling, you should never drive after drinking. Certain medications also cause the same effect on the mind as alcohol. So, if your doctor has advised you not to drive after taking some medications, then you should avoid doing it. By doing it you are putting your life and also other’s life in danger.
- Learn Driving Before Driving
Most of us have never learned driving formally (I mean in a driving school or by a driving instructor). Someone (normally relatives) just guide us a bit and then we think we are good to go. Persons (especially teenagers) who don’t know proper driving are at more risk than those persons who know proper driving.
This is why there is a driving test before one can get a driving license but everyone knows the reality. For a few thousand rupees one can get a driving license (without giving a driving test).
There are many who don’t have a driving license at all and they continue to drive freely. If one is caught then he/she just gives a few hundred rupees to the concerned official and you are good to go.
- Proper Maintenance of Roads
Many accidents also happen due to poor maintenance of roads. For example, potholes, broken roads, open manholes, etc increase the chance of accidents. Therefore, they should be taken care of, to decrease the chances of an accident.
If one is careful and follows all rules and regulations carefully then many road accidents could be avoided and our roads will become safer.
Long Essay on Road Accident (600 words)
Accident by definition means, “an unexpected and unintentional incident, causing damage or injury” but in most cases, accidents can be avoided, if certain precautions are taken. So, if we take precautions, it’s good for us and if we don’t take precautions then we ourselves are responsible for the consequences.
According to data around 1.5 lakh, people die per year due to road accidents in India alone. Of course, this number could be reduced easily but for that, we have to change our attitude and start following traffic rules and regulations.
What Precautions should be taken to Avoid Road Accidents?
- Never Drive when Feeling Tired or Sleepy
Normally when we are returning from day’s work, we are tired. There is a good chance we may feel a bit sleepy. In that case, one should never drive because of the chance of (serious) accidents increases. It’s a good idea to relax a bit and then drive or better take a taxi.
- Never Drive under the Influence of Alcohol or other Drugs which Hamper the Ability of the Brain
This one is a strict no-no. Under no circumstances, one should drive after consuming alcohol. If someone does it, he/she is risking his/her life and also the life of others.
- Wear Helmets and Seatbelts while Driving
This rule is the easiest one to follow and has great benefits. This minimizes the effect in case of an accident.
- Never use your Mobile Phone while Driving
This rule is one of the most leniently followed. It is very common to find people talking on their mobile phones while driving. Talking on the mobile phone causes diversion of mind and in a flip second one can lose control and that can cause an accident.
- Jumping Red Light can be Fatal
Traffic lights are made for a purpose. If you jump a red light (no matter why), you run the chance of getting hit by a vehicle coming from another direction. Therefore, it’s a good idea to stop at a red light and move only when it’s green.
- Never Overspeed
No matter, how tempted you feel to speed up your car or bike after hearing the title tune of “Dhoom”. One should never do it because we all know that what is shown in movies is not real.
Sometimes people speed up to reach the office/house on time. For this, the easy solution is to start your journey a bit early.
- Make Sure your Headlights and Tail Lights are in Working Condition
Suppose you are driving in the night and you want to turn your vehicle to the left, so you turn on your left indicator but your tail light is not working, so the driver behind you was not able to know that you want to turn and he hits your car.
This is a possible scenario. So, it’s a good idea to keep your car in good condition and get it repaired as soon as you find any faults.
- Drive Slowly and more Carefully in Bad Weather
The chances of accidents increase by many folds in bad weather (rain, storm, snow, etc). Therefore, one should avoid driving in bad weather but if that is not possible then one should drive very carefully and slowly otherwise he/she can get hurt.
- Busting of Tires
Suppose you are driving on a lonely road and your car runs over an iron nail and your tire bursts. There is a chance that your car may flip or your car may get hit by another car. An iron nail was there on the road. You can’t do anything about that but if you had taken precautions like driving under the speed limit and wearing of seatbelts, you can definitely minimize the effect of the accident.
There are so many things which are under our control and also there are some things which are not under our control. So, let’s do what we can do and leave the rest to God. With some effort, I am sure we can bring down the number of road accidents.