19 Jun 2017 - 12:07
Hamad Trauma Center cautions motorists
Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Hamad Trauma Center has urged motorists to practise safe driving on roads, especially during Iftar and upcoming Eid holidays.
The centre has offered recommendations to safeguard against road injuries and avoidable deaths, during this period. It says drivers and all passengers must wear seat belts on every trip; this is the only proven way to prevent severe injuries and death in motor vehicle crashes. Child passengers, younger than 11 years, must be seated in the rear seat or should use a car seat appropriate to age.
Dr Hassan Al Thani, Head of the Hamad Trauma Center, said, “During this month of observance, let us keep our families and friends safe by providing constant adult supervision for young children as they walk on the roads or in parking areas. Drive within the speed limit and abstain from distractions, such as using mobile phones while driving.”
Hamad Trauma Center advises you to drive within the speed limit and increase the distance between the vehicle in front to have a safe braking distance.
Avoid distractions such as mobile phones, earphones or loud music, so you can pay full attention to road conditions; this goes for both drivers and pedestrians.
It also advised that if you are a pedestrian or a cyclist, use the bicycle paths (wherever it is available), pedestrian crossings and sidewalks. Walk in the direction facing the traffic flow so you can see oncoming vehicles and they will not suddenly emerge from behind or beside you.
Young children must always be supervised by a responsible adult when they play or walk on roads or in parking areas and always listen to weather forecasts and general advice about driving conditions on the local radio or TV so you can plan your route and make an earlier trip if necessary.