30 October, 2016, 12:00 am
TRAVEL is a necessity.
We do it every day to get to work, school and back home. We also travel to attend to traditional and social obligations, among others. Every once in a while, we pack our bags and travel fair distances to be with members of our extended families.
Each and every day, almost all of us use our roads to get to their destination and then use the same to return home. It’s become such a routine affair for some among us, that they take it for granted that they will reach wherever they are headed and when they have finished whatever it is they went to do, they will board a vehicle and in due time will be back home.
The thing is, no matter how much we have become familiar with the stretch of road on which we will have to negotiate to get to our destination, no matter how well you have planned, things can always go wrong. No one knows what the future holds.
There is, however, one thing which we can all do regardless of our not knowing what the future will be like, especially in regards to travel. And that is to make sure that when on our roads, our actions will not in any way put ourselves and others in any form of danger.
It may sound like something mundane, downright ordinary because we have all heard safety lectures/speeches etc so many times that we think we know it all. And truth be told, some of us may know in minute detail safety procedures given a certain situation.
What is of the utmost importance is that we take each step that will not get us into a dangerous situation, no matter how trivial it might seem to be, seriously before something drastic develops.
When going to see loved ones, especially those we haven’t seen in a long time, there might be a tendency to travel a little faster than you normally would. Travelling that just a little faster means you have a little more of the vehicle in the event something goes wrong, and quickly.
Those in authority, among them the Police Force, have in the lead-up to this weekend constantly sounded warnings of being safety-conscious.
To theirs, we add ours asking each and everyone of us to make sure we travel in a safe manner, whether you are driver, passenger or pedestrian, while using our roads.
And while the country celebrates Diwali today, we would also like to ask all who will be using firecrackers, diya and other (naked) illumination sources to be constantly aware of the danger that can be.
Make sure children who are using firecrackers and such are closely supervised by a responsible adult.
In addition to those mentioned above, there are things used every day by households across the country such as mosquito destroyers. The message is the same. Use them with care.
Wherever you are going and whatever you are doing this weekend, do it safely.