Say “THANKS” December asks you to do two things:
Raise your hand to acknowledge any positive interaction you have with drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians who share with you; and
Make a pledge to change at least one on-road vice you may have and donate.
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Why say “THANKS” to people who share the road with you?
Saying “THANKS” to others helps you remain engaged and totally present in whatever is happening on the road.
What are on-road vices?
On-road vices include but are not limited to:
- Any road rage behaviour
- Talking or texting on your phone
- Honking a horn in the car to show displeasure
- Changing lanes without signalling
- Traveling too close to cars, bike, motor bikes etc
- Racing across train lines to beat the train
Are you guilty of any of these vices? Do you have at least one vice you could chose to change. Now is the time to make a commitment to change.
The Stresses of Using Our Roads
Driving a car is stressful (and it’s no easier being a motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian). It’s dangerous even if you’re the safest driver in the world. There are so many different variables that you can’t predict … like weather, traffic, accidents and the challenges of night driving etc.
Not to mention what about all those other people on the road? Some aren’t just bad drivers; they’re engaging in risky behaviour. Some even do things specifically to make you angry or prevent you from getting to where you need to go.
Fortunately these aren’t the majority of drivers, cyclists or pedestrians.
People don’t get up in the morning and say to themselves, “I think I’ll be rude to other drivers on our roads today. I’ll be a real bastard.”
It usually occurs because people become overloaded with daily events (including traffic jams, road accidents, roadworks, etc.) and they become tired, frustrated or emotionally stressed. Something on the road triggers a response and the compounding pressure can cause anyone to ‘snap’.
Bad News for Drivers
The full scope of the problem was documented in 2002 when the World Bank and World Health Organisation jointly launched the World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention. This document outlined the magnitude of the issue and stressed the urgent need for action to help prevent road traffic injuries around the world.
While governments and business operators are spending billions of dollars to look for new innovations and practical solutions to address the issue there are lots of opportunities every day for us help save lives and reduce the emotional and financial costs associated with road trauma.
Say “THANKS” December is a fundraising event dedicated to creating less stress, more harmony on our roads, enhancing driver education and reducing the impact that sharing our roads together has on mental health and wellbeing.
It’s important to remember that everyone makes mistakes. No matter how good of a driver, motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian you are, you will make a mistake at some point that could seriously agitate another raod user. Let’s all try and be supportive in situations when mistakes are made and the road will be a better place for us all!!
Good News for Drivers
Can you remember the best thing that happened to you on our roads? We can … and we know that by keeping a level head and a calm point of view you will find that you can avoid most conflicts in your life and maintain overall health and wellbeing. Let’s start to master our daily challenges on our roads.
Remember: We all need to be conscious of our behaviours. Together we can make a positive difference!