CIT Students' Union
Road safety applies to everyone who uses the roads, be it as a driver, passenger, pedestrian , cyclist and even when using any public transport. Road safety is important to keep in mind. Many of CIT students fall into the 17 to 24 year old age bracket, the age bracket that represent the most road fatalities year after year. When you think about all the students that go back and forth from home to college over the weekends, it’s easy to believe how many students die on roads.
- The law is there for a reason, for your safety. Abide by the law and respect speed limits, always wear a safety belt and don't ever take alcohol and/or drugs and drive. Not only will your life be at risk but others will too. Remember you can still be over the legal limit the morning after a binge so give it a few hours before you get behind a wheel.
- Of course, don’t let your friends drink and drive either and if they do, don’t be a passenger. It may not be the cool thing to do, but you should report any drunk driving to the emergency services, it could save someone’s life.
- Don't text or talk on the phone while driving. You've seen the ads, you know what can happen.
- Always be aware of cyclists and pedestrians, especially at night time when they may not be visible.
- Feeling sleepy? Pull in and have a nap and drink coffee, then drive when you feel able to. If you fall asleep at the wheel you may never wake up.
- When parking, avoid isolated or darkened areas. Use somewhere that is well-lit at night
Always wear a helmet. According to a recent research, helmets provide a 63% to 88% reduction in the risk of head, brain and sever brain injury for all ages of cyclists.
- Always wear luminous clothing such as a hi-vis vest, fluorescent armbands and reflective belts so that other road users can see you.
- Use the many cycle lanes around Cork and Bishopstown. Familiarise yourself and obey the rules of the road and respect other road users.
- Visit the RSA(Road Safety Authority) website for more information.
Motorcyclists - Top 10 Safety Tips
- Be vigilant. Look into the far, middle and near distance, and behind you, using your mirrors and checking over your shoulders, before changing position or turning.
- Keep your distance. In wet or icy conditions, always leave a bigger gap.
- Be seen. Make sure your position is correct. Use dipped headlights and wear high visibility clothing (such as a neon vest and ‘Sam Browne’ reflective belt).
- Avoid surprising others. Never do anything on the road that could cause another road user to slow down, brake or swerve or that could startle pedestrians.
- Think like other road users. Anticipate how they might react.
- Read the road. Ride to current road, weather and traffic conditions.
- Match your speed to the conditions. Never let others dictate your pace.
- Never ride your bike after consuming alcohol or drugs.
- Maintain your bike properly. Regularly check petrol, oil, water, damage, electrics and tyres.
- Take lessons from an experienced instructor. See every ride as a chance to improve your skills.
- Wear appropriate clothing and a secure helmet every time you get on your bike.
- Jackets and trousers should give you enough protection from impact, abrasion, cold and weather conditions.
- Use body armour on vulnerable areas such as the back, knees, elbows, shoulders, hips and shins. This should be adjustable so it fits snugly and does not move in a crash.
- You should wear a good reflective jacket to make you more visible on the road.
- Wear protective gloves, and footwear that at least comes above the ankle.
Click here for more information about keeping you motorbike safe.
Although you can’t be responsible for the way people drive, you can take a number of steps to make yourself safer as a pedestrian:
- Stop, look and listen.
- Don’t try to cross the road between parked cars.
- If possible, cross at a pedestrian crossing or traffic lights.
- Never cross at a bend.
- If there is a footpath use it.
- If there is no footpath, walk/run/jog on the right hand side of the road, facing oncoming traffic and keeping as close as possible to the side of the road.
- Walk no more than two abreast and if the road is narrow or there is heavy traffic, walk in single file.
- Stand near a group of people in a well lit up area if waiting for a bus or train at night.
- Make sure that the bus or train is going in the direction you want to go in and that you are not left stranded.
- Get a taxi if you have missed the last train or bus.