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.
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.
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 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.