Total chose World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims to launch the third episode of the #SafeDriver campaign, on driving in challenging conditions. Launched in 2017, the campaign aims to raise awareness of road risks among Total’s employees and contractors while offering educational content on the basic rules of driving.
Road traffic accidents are the eighth leading cause of death in the world, killing 3,700 people a day and seriously injuring between 20 and 50 million more each year. Every six seconds, someone around the world is either killed or injured on the road. Total chose November 17, World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, to launch the third episode of the #SafeDriver campaign, on driving in challenging conditions.
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (#WDoR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, along with their families and the many others affected. It is also an opportunity to remind us all that road traffic accidents aren’t an inevitability, but an issue we can fix, with education, hard work and cooperation.
About driving in challenging conditions:
One in every 12 serious accidents is caused by driving that is not adapted to the environment. In difficult driving conditions, visibility is reduced and the road surface can be wet and slippery. The following good practices should be adopted:
• Reducing speed by at least 20 kilometers per hour in rural areas and by at least 10 kilometers per hour in urban traffic compared to the speed limit.
• Increasing the distance between your vehicle and the one in front.
• Avoiding abrupt maneuvers and sudden braking.
• Taking more frequent breaks.
• When visibility is severely reduced, stopping in a safe place if possible and ensuring that you are visible to other drivers.
Driving in difficult conditions requires concentration and care. Adapt your driving style accordingly and remain alert!