Safety Misconceptions:
What can we learn from them?

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Safety is often full of misconceptions.
One such example is the mode of transport we choose based on our perceptions about which is the safest option.

One of the biggest killers is our roads.
Thousands of people (last year it was over 12,000) get killed on South African roads each year. This is much more than people killed in accidents in industry or mining. In fact, the chances are 10 times higher someone gets killed in a road accident than an accident at work.

If it’s a choice between flying and driving by car, I’ll take flying any day.
It is much safer and it is also much less stressful for me. Flying is the safest form of transport. The misconception about the risk of flying stems from the newsworthiness of a flying incident, like the recent Albatross disaster.

The same misconception holds true for riding a bike.
The young, reckless hell drivers have tarnished the image of responsible, adult bikers. I have been riding a bike for over 40 years and still consider it much safer than driving a car.

When I am driving my bike, I put my attention 100% on the ride, the road, the traffic and what’s going on around me. I am fully alert and take extra care when changing lanes, turning and stopping. There is no way I can go into auto pilot, which is what often happens to many of us when driving a familiar route. Apart from all of this, a bike is 110% hijack proof. 😀

“What’s the lesson?” you ask?

Test your perceptions –
They could be misconceptions!


ps … Soon after drafting this blog, I had – NO, caused – a serious accident on my bike. I will tell you about it in a separate post – what happened and why, what I learnt from my root cause analysis, and the concept of ‘being lucky’.

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