Parent - A good Role model
By T.K. Malhotra
of people die on roads every year in our country. According
to research studies number of those killed on roads is alarmingly
high. Too many of them are youngsters whose values have yet
to be realized by the society. Shortly, after the exams are
over, large numbers below 18 years of age take to road in family
cars. Blissfully, they seem to enjoy inspiration of their parents
to indulge in this kind of misdemeanor. The parents often have
false sense of pride to boast about their children and score
a point among their friends and families.
recent case in point is of 5-year-old child Tanishk of Mayur
Vihar whose undesirable deed of
driving through the congested areas to a hospital apparently
at the cost and risk to the traffic and
road users. The child escaped anyone's attention including enforcement
agencies. On the other
Media made a hero out of him and glorified him by reconstructing
the story in the same sequence of events. The child once again
had to be motivated to take to road to oblige the camera. Truly
speaking, the entire nation should condemn this happening, which
can have ill effects and negative motivation on millions of
children in this age group. Undoubtedly thousands of children
may be as talented or adventurous like Tanishk but how many
of us as parents would push them to the gallows of road risks!
reveal that drivers between the age of 18 and 24 are involved
in more than 25% of road fatalities. Approximately 30% of drivers
who exceed the speed limit are also in this age group.
parents can certainly prevent their children from becoming just
another statistics in the atrocious accident rate. Safe driving
does not just happen. It requires hard work and young drivers
especially; need proper training both in theory and practical
Behaviour of elders on the road will to a large extent determine
the behaviour of their children behind the wheel. The example
they set will, therefore, be of vital impact. As parents let
us consider our driving habits and resolve right now to be a
good role model:
Do we always wear our safety belt and inculcate the same habit
in our children too?
Do we drive
recklessly, such as taking over a slower vehicle when it is
unsafe or illegal to do so?
Do we drive
after consuming alcohol?
not forget that our children witness this from early age and
believe that such behaviour is acceptable. It is never too early
to instill good road manners: safety research has shown that
inexperience is a m a j o r cause of accident involving ow n
e r -d r i v e r s . You as a parent can c h a n g e this. As
soon as your child has reached the driving age, start imparting
him driving education if he happens to accompany you in the
car. Turn the shortest trip into a lesson. In addition, make
him join a driving school of repute to develop driving skills
systematically. Also help him to build-up some practical experience
and knowledge under your supervision after he has obtained a
learner licence. Make your child feel responsible but not over-confident.
might be using your car in the beginning. This will be the best
time to lay down certain conditions. It will be wise to prohibit
the use of the car when he is going to a party. Rather suggest
alternatives such as giving him money for a taxi or arranging
to drop him off and pick him up. Don't place him in other inexperienced
Compliment him when he drives well. A little encouragement could
go a long way.
but not the least STEER HIM IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.