Safety Signs in Cars

Safety signs are used to provide information on safe driving both for passengers travelling in the car, or as warnings for other vehicles passing the car on the road. They are warning signs meant to avoid or reduce any potential danger while driving. Special colours and shapes have been allocated to safety signs in general. RED is used for prohibition. BLUE is used for mandatory actions. GREEN is used for positive action. A TRIANGLE shape is used for warnings. RECTANGLES and SQUARES are used for emergency signs.

For passengers travelling inside the car, safety signs as mentioned below need to be observed:

· Buckle up for safety – This is an important message, as it has been proved that without using the seat belts many people have suffered serious injuries when involved in an accident.

· No smoking in this vehicle – Smoking in cars can harm other passengers via passive smoking. Hence in most countries smoking in cars has been banned.

· Cell phone free zone – Talking on the cell phone while driving can distract the driver who then becomes oblivious to lurking dangers on the road. So as applicable to smoking, talking on the cell phone while driving is also not allowed.

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· Watch your mirror for motorcycles – Two-wheelers have a habit of sneaking up on cars and are known to make sudden turns. So all car drivers should be alert to any two wheelers on the road.

· No speeding – Some drivers love to speed. While this may prove exhilarating for the driver, it could lead to an accident. Excessive speed when driving does not give the driver enough time to break in the face of potential danger. Hence driving at admissible speeds is recommended.

· Get off my back – do not tailgate. Such warning signs are used when a new driver is at the wheel. Other drivers on the road need to realise that the driver is a novice and should not pressurise the driver by honking and driving bumper to bumper. In the case of a first-time driver an ‘L’ plate is also prominently fixed on the car so other vehicles provide the necessary courtesies.

· How’s my driving – call. This sign is used when a vehicle belongs to a company and is in the hands of a driver employee. The company management would like their vehicle to observe all proper driving rules, especially on speed and overtaking. To ensure that the driver obeys such rules, this sign is put in the car, so any other vehicle on the road noticing the driver over-stepping, can call in a complain.

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· Fire extinguisher – This sign is displayed to inform the car inmates that a mini fire extinguisher is stored in the car. In case of a fire, the extinguisher can be quickly accessed.

· Disabled sign – When a handicapped person is driving or present as a passenger in the car, a special disabled sign is displayed on the windshield. This sign also helps other drivers on the road to give the car special road driving courtesies.

If the above warning signs are fixed inside vehicles, and both people in the car as well as other drivers on the road observe them, many potential risks and dangers can be avoided.

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