On a drive to make roads safer at night


  • Nation
  • Friday, 04 Jul 2003

BY M. KRISHNAMOORTHY

PETALING JAYA: A driving school here has launched a programme to educate its students to drive safely after dark as fatal accidents often occur at night. 

In addition, it has also taken on the challenge of teaching them to protect themselves from potential assailants. 

Safety Driving Centre managing director C.T. Balan said the school introduced the lessons because there were too many accidents and crimes at night.  

He said his instructors had started teaching their students to cope with driving during the late hours from the beginning of this month. 

Balan noted that as people could not see well in the night, the school aimed to teach learners driving skills from a different perspective compared to those called for in daytime driving. 

“Most developed countries have started night-driving lessons to reduce the number of accidents, and we believe more of such lessons will help in improving the learners’ driving skills, especially in dealing with reduced visibility,” he said. 

Safety’s chief driving instructor Mohamad Ali, 44, said the night lessons would raise awareness on the importance of caution in the late hours. 

“We also instruct them on how to avoid road bullies and those who abuse women.” 

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