Accidents are one of the most dreadful things that tend to disrupt our lives. It throws things into such disarray; none of us even want to wish it upon our enemies. No one willingly wants to be a part of an accident; neither the person at fault nor the people who are injured.
Though mechanical fault of cars can sometimes cause these mishaps, human misjudgment and being distracted while driving is probably the biggest cause of accidents. Between 10-25% of accidents that happen on the road are caused due to distraction. The road traffic mortality rate in the United States was between 10-20 per 100,000 people in 2013 according to WHO.
Today there are is a lot more signs that could potentially distract you while driving. These range form of private signs, bigger commercial hoardings and non-red signs. A study that was done as early as 1970’s in the city of Austin had found accidents at intersections were caused due to distractions, like the ones mentioned above. Therefore, it suggested legislation to be enforced to reduce highway signs that caused distractions.
Over the years the number of things vying for our attention has increased. With cellphones, on board entertainment systems and digital billboards, it’s very easy to get distracted while driving.
Here are some facts about accidents as reported according to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Apart from these every day, 9 people die in accidents resulting from distracted driving and 1000’s are injured in the United States.
Traffic signage help drivers remain aware of what’s coming up and what’s important on the road ahead. It’s one of the oldest ways of enforcing safety for both drivers and pedestrians on the road. Let’s look at how Road Traffic signs make roads safe for us.
Road Traffic Signage:
To keep drivers and pedestrians safe on the road, road signage was introduced many years ago. They help ensure smooth flow of traffic, reduce congestion on the road and keep the driver informed of what he/she could expect on the road.
An informed driver is less likely to feel anxious even when they are in an unknown neighborhood. They are also lower chances for informed drivers taking a sudden turn or drive into a one-way lane creating a bottleneck or causing an accident.
Road Signs are essential to avoiding traffic mishaps as they:
Here are a few interesting facts that you might not know about road signs in the United States:
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