April 3, 2019: SCG’s Skill Development School, Ban Mo, Saraburi, joins effort to lead by example in corporate social responsibility and creativity with Safe Driving: Songkran Festival Welcoming to share motorcycle driving tips and safe emergency medical services to reduce road accidents and raise motorway awareness and sustainability standards.
Mr. Chalach Wongsanuan, the sustainability solution business director, explained that “the Songkran festival has been a peak accident period every year precipitated mainly by motorcycles that result in severe damage, lost and death. It has posed a major burden on the ambulance and emergency personnel to race to the rescue against time 24/7, non-stop. Thus, this year the school would like to join a campaign to share 5 tips on motorcycle accident prevention which includes 5 safety crucial elements; the operator’s mind, body, clothing, vehicle and vehicle documents. Appropriate ambulance sound-light signals are also introduced with best practices in different events of accident.”
A trainer from the Pipat school touched on the “5 Ready” areas as follows:
Ready Body: essentially, the eyes identify colors, separates depth-width
and allows the body to control the motorcycle accordingly
Ready Mind: be aware and concentrate on driving
Ready Clothing: wear a helmet and safety equipment such as gloves
and arm-leg protection
Ready Vehicle: check the brakes and the tread condition and pressure
of the tires
Ready Documents: have ready at all times the driver’s license, the
original or a copy of the vehicle registration book and insurance policy
The trainers stressed that motorcycle operators must leave an additional following distance from the vehicle in front throughout Songkran, i.e., at least a car length of a standard passenger vehicle, or, about 4-5 meters. During flow conditions, drivers are advised to tail no less than 2 seconds (until passing the same landmark) away from the next vehicle and accelerate carefully as the car in front may have to slam the brakes suddenly at any time when visibility is obstructed due to splashed water or blockage by water splashing citizens that take it to the road, surprisingly unaware.
The rescuers also came to give tips on traffic and emergency medical service vehicle light-sound signals. The red-blue light signal is used with the siren and may be accompanied by other sounds to alert attention or request make-way space from vehicles in front. Standard operating procedures for drivers upon noticing a siren or emergency light are as follows:
- Don’t panic and be aware of making way for the emergency vehicle.
- Observe the rear and side mirror to locate the emergency vehicle and assess the part of the road to steer clear. Normally, emergency vehicles require the right lane for speed. Thus, other vehicles should steer clear of the right lane and divert to the next left lane.
- Look to the front and to the left of the vehicle to find available space to divert to. Divert to the identified space on the left when it is determined as safe to do so.
- In the event where no room is available to make way for the emergency vehicle, operating vehicles can slow down or stop the car to allow the emergency vehicle to pass.
- Operating vehicles are prohibited from following the emergency vehicle in the same lane when it passes.
The Pipat school of driving skills provides additional driving safety for motorcycles, cars and trucks. For interested participants, please contact 08-1816-5624 or 08-1843-2619, or via Facebook @Pipat Skill Development School, for more information.
Compiled by SCG Logistics
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