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Seminar gives tips on safe driving.

By Joey Aguilar/Staff Reporter Double check your car's condition before hitting the road: batteries, tyres, brakes and engine. Strictly follow traffic rules at all times and be cautious when it is raining, foggy or when roads undergo repairs and construction. Avoid swerving. Always check speed limits when driving along minor or major highways, make adjustments depending on the condition of the road and the weather.

These are some of the tips and reminders given by lecturers of the traffic safety and injury prevention seminar held on Friday at the Sheraton Accommodation Doha-Multi Purpose Hall.

"Some drivers may say that they already know these things. But many of them who met with accidents on the road fail to do these basic rules and reminders," the resource speakers said.

More than 90 representatives from different Filipino organisations in Qatar attended the event. It was spearheaded by the Philippine Independence Organising Committee (Pinoc) and BalitangQ in co-ordination with the Ministry of Interior (MoI).

Pinoc 2013 chairman, Florante Mitra Cabrito said the Philippine embassy has earlier issued a circular inviting all members and officers of various Filipino groups in Qatar to attend the seminar. Ambassador Crescente Relacion was the guest of honour of the said activity.

Cabrito said the traffic safety seminar is the first of a number of projects lined up for Pinoc's celebration of the Philippine Independence on June 12 in Qatar.

Lecturers like Dr Rafael Consuji, injury prevention director at the Hamad Medical Hospital (HMC), focused his presentation in educating the participants on defensive driving, stressing the importance of following road signs and signals to avoid road accidents.

Faizal Hudawi, public relations officer of the Ministry of Interior, showed videos of road accidents in the past, helping the audience understand the causes of accidents and how to avoid it. One of the lecturers, Engr Leo Dote told participants that it is important to have the right attitude in driving especially when working abroad. Same with most GCC, he said Qatar has a mixed population composed of expatriate workers coming from countries with different cultures, rules and experiences.

Dote also said that the contents of the lecture are all part of the "standard road accident prevention formula" which serves as reminders to drivers and motorists to keep them safe on the road.

Although it is a basic knowledge to drivers, Dote said they should be attentive at all times taking a quick look at the car's rearview/side mirrors.

Dote is a safety instructor at HMC and former president of the Philippine Association of Safety Engineers (PHASE-Qatar). Other topics which were discussed included "continuous road scanning", "shoulder check", and "driving as an art".

Gulf Times Newspaper 2012

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