While driving my visiting friend - Maya back to her hotel tonight, I witnessed for the first time in my 2 years and 3 months here in Phitsanulok, a scary scene of a vehicular accident among 2 cars and a motorcycle. Apparently, the motorcycle driver who happened to be a young lady was at fault because she proceeded even with the red traffic lights on.
The incident happened too fast and what caught my sight was the sight of the white car followed by another red car bumping the motorcycle to the side of the road dragging its lady driver. From the looks of it, it was as if the motorcycle got double hits from the two succeeding cars. It's fortunate that the driver was able to stand with the aid of those bystanders at the side of the highway. I was not just sure as to how much injury did the lady got in that crash.
What I witnessed tonight reminded me again of few driving tips I've learned since I started to drive last year.
- Do not beat the red lights. The yellow lights warn you to prepare for the full halt not drive faster. Red lights means STOP in case you need to be reminded.
- Always wear safety helmet for its real essence and purpose - SAFETY and not just to avoid paying fines when caught by traffic police. (The motorcycle driver awhile ago wasn't wearing a helmet. Tsk! Too bad. )
- I have friends (in the person of Mheng and Kuya Joma) who always remind me never to do an act that encourage a road race and I obliged myself to put it on my head all the time.
- When going to another lane or when making a U turn, turn on the signal light long before doing the turn to give those who follow behind an ample time to prepare.
- Be safe always. Always remember to run at the right amount of speed.
For more than a year of driving, I would rather call myself blessed for not having met any accidents except for a couple of minor incidents. Let me share these two Bible verses I always recite every time I am in the midst of a busy road:
- The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. - Psalms 23:1
- The Lord is my refuge and my strength, a very present help in times of trouble. - Psalms 46:1
May everyone find these reminders helpful. Sure we know all these things but at times, it takes some morbid situations to remind us to go back to the basics for our very own safety. My prayer is that may we all be be kept safe in our daily driving and traveling by our Father Almighty.