Golden Hour

When on Yama: Ride carefully

Big, powerful bikes are the stuff of youth dreams. Speed and style are what gets their adrenaline pumping. However, shouldn’t safety be a part of the ‘style’ statement? It should but is NOT. The shameful accident record of our cities shows that impressing girls with style and stunts is a far more important ethic for the ‘heroes’ who take to our roads than safety.

Doing a daring wheelie without even a helmet on is considered sexy…an act of machismo, guaranteed to blow young women off their feet. Few care about or acknowledge the fact that in the context of a city a bike is primarily a mode of commute.

With the number of high performance, fancy bikes growing all the time the situation is only getting worse by the day, with bikers violating rules with not just impunity but with a sense of misplaced pride.

Driving in a straight line is a forgotten ideal, with the bikers zig-zagging their way past traffic and squeezing through the narrowest of narrow spaces— not even sparing the foot-paths, wherever they exist.

The repercussions of such reckless behaviour are unfortunately very grim: Two wheeler accidents account for fifty percent of all road accidents in the country, leaving behind a large number of dead and disabled people. There is irrefutable scientific evidence to prove that upon an impact the pillion rider is thrown off his seat. The benefits of wearing a helmet in such situations are equally well established.

Everyone benefits from wearing a helmet. Besides, driving demands skill and experience plus a certain degree of compassion. Any distraction can prove to be fatal. Drive carefully and adhere to rules—it could save your life and that of others.

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