Good morning to Puan Hamidah, teacher-in-charge and
friends. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk
on road safety for cyclists and motorcyclists. As you
know, I attended a talk of the topic last Friday at the
Road Transport Department. So I hope I can pass on the
message about road safety to all of you.
Cyclists and motorcyclists are the main victims in
road accidents. You are more exposed to dangers than
car drivers. So, it is important that you take precautions
and observe road safety.
Let's start with the cyclists. First, allow me to tell you
what you should do before you go off on your bicycle.
Wear crash helmets and knee pads to protect your head
and your knees. Fasten them properly for if you don't they
might come off and your head or knees will be exposed in
case of an accident. Wear proper shoes instead of slippers
as the latter can get entangled with the pedals and your
feet may slip as you cycle along.
The same advice goes to motorcyclists. Your crash
helmet is your first defence against head injuries. Make
sure you buy the approved crash helmets. Unlike cyclists,
motorcyclist are more likely to travel a longer distance and
so face more potential dangers. Wear appropriate attire
like gloves and proper shoes. When you place your feet
on the ground to stop at a junction, compared to slippers,
the shoes can give you better protection from the heat.
If you are wearing a jacket, button up properly as you do
not want your jacket to flap in the wind or be caught in
any passing vehicle.
Both cyclist and motorcyclist should check their
vehicles before leaving the house. Check the back light,
tyres and brakes to make sure they are in good working
condition. Motorcyclists should check their engines and
fuel to make sure they have enough fuel for their journey.
All motorcyclists should switch on their headlights the
minute they start their journey.
Finally, don't speed on the road. Speed kills. Don't
overtake recklessly. Make sure the road is clear if you want
to overtake. Cyclists should not cycle two or three abreast.
This applies to motorcyclists too. Have both hands on the
bicycle or motorcycle and don't use any handphone while
on the road. Motorcyclists should use the motorcycle lanes
along the major highways. Observe all traffic rules and
I sincerely hope I have convinced you to be careful
while cycling or motorcycling on the road. Your life and
that of other road users are too valuable for you to be
Thank you for your attention and if you have any
questions, feel free to ask me.