14.01.2019Press releases, National

Two out of five people have ended up in hazardous situations due to slippery shoes

According to a new survey by the Finnish Road Safety Council, up to 40 per cent of Finns say they have experienced a hazardous situation in traffic during the past year due to wearing shoes that are too slippery for the prevailing weather conditions. The ongoing ‘Pysy pystyssä’ anti-slipping campaign is here to remind us that by paying attention to the right footwear and focusing on walking, everyone can prevent slipping and falling.

Pedestrians

It is easy to improve pedestrian safety by wearing a reflector in the dark and using the pedestrian crossing when crossing the road where possible. Appropriate footwear for the weather conditions, especially when the roads are slippery, can reduce the risk of accidents.

Drinking and driving

Drunk driving is a crime regardless of whether the vehicle is driven on off-road terrain, on an ice-covered lake, on a road, or anywhere else.

Seatbelt

A seatbelt is an effective safety device in road traffic and it must be used regardless of whether you are sitting in the front or back, in a taxi, or in a long-distance bus. According to estimates, one out of three casualties of fatal road accidents would have survived had their seatbelts been secured.

Driver distraction

Driver distraction and inattention in road traffic and the resulting accidents have become a world-wide problem. Drivers are often tempted to use their mobile phones while driving, even though studies have shown that the risk of accident is increased for drivers using mobile phones while driving.

Wildlife

There are over one thousand elk collisions per year in Finland. Reduced speed especially in high risk areas gives the driver more time for observation and shortens the braking distance.