*This is a sponsored post, which means I get paid writing it, but all opinions are mine.
About two weeks ago, my family was going to our friend’s house and this horrifying scene of a truck lying on its right side caught our attention. It was just 9am in the morning! There was no traffic, and not so many people were outside that morning because it was Friday (weekend in Saudi Arabia).
But then again, this kind of accident can be too common in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Even during school days, there would be speeding cars crashing on other cars who are running in the correct speed limit. According to an article from Arab News, 19 die daily! As in daily, due to road accidents. Thus, putting KSA (according to the article) as one of the world’s most dangerous roads. That is bad. =|
One of the worst that can happen is when you are parking your car and another car that looks as though it has no brakes crashes on you. It happened to my husband’s car recently.
Oh, wait. Have you heard that women will soon be driving here in the kingdom? Good news for women, not so for men. When this news came, people, men especially, have already perceived the possible rise of road accidents caused by excited women who would go out and drive. Fair or not. One thing is for real, accident is echoing: “I am speed.”
Yes, faster than bullet trains and than our thoughts are these accidents. That’s why we should always make sure to at least keep in mind these 4 things:
AVOID DRIVING WHEN YOU ARE TIRED
Be sure you’ve had enough sleep or rest before driving. Don’t stay up too late if you know you are going to drive early the following morning. Many drivers ignore this, and end up daydreaming in the middle of the streets. Please be sure you have enough strength to drive especially if you have your family on board.
FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS
Seatbelts were created for a purpose. Car companies have placed them there for a reason, and that is for safety. Most of us become extremists and say that we have already prayed and so it’s all up to God. If that is so, then why else do you lock your house? There are natural laws, and government laws we have to abide to for our safety. These are not to torture us, but to protect us. If we say we are believers, then let’s follow these simple laws. Put those seatbelts back. =)
By the way, in Saudi Arabia, the fine for not fastening seatbelts is: 150-300 riyals (I remember it was 600 riyals, but according to this list of traffic rules, it is now 150-300 riyals)
Seat belt violations account for 60% of traffic fatalities in Abu Dhabi so please, BUCKLE UP!
If you have kids with you, you can check these car seats to check which fits your car’s model.
If you want to check if you have traffic violations in Saudi Arabia, visit the Ministry of Interior website. Cameras are everywhere in the streets of Saudi Arabia, say Cheese! =) You can also check this step-by-step guide on how to do it.
AVOID USING YOUR PHONE
If you badly need to answer a phone call or check on something very important, then park. If you are just itching on checking your friend’s social media updates , please have the self-control to do it later. Life is more important than those updates. Those can wait. There are people around you that might suffer the consequences of such actions.
BE SURE YOUR CAR IS WELL-MAINTAINED
I’m amazed at how car enthusiasts keep their cars clean from the tiniest detail to the big ones. They make sure every gear is working. They hear something odd, and they are sure to lift the hood and inspect the cause. Treat cars like how you would treat human sometimes. Cars need to rest, they need to be cleaned up from the inside out to work effectively. Be sure to check if your car is in good condition before driving.
Detailed checklist of what you need to remember before driving. As in very detailed, if you are driving with pets, kids, carrying loads, etc., I salute you for putting all these. =)
I hope you find these two reminders helpful. Remember, you are not ‘speed.’
If you need help in car utilities and car seats for your family’s safety, you can browse some helpful tips and information at cars.com website.
Again, this is a sponsored ad, but all opinions are mine. =)