Sunday, November 22, 2009

Charity begins at home......

A natural human tendency is to advice. Advice giving is the easiest form of expressing knowledge, concern towards others and most importantly pointing fingers elaborately at others silly mistakes. Overlooking the similar or grave mistakes, if our lives.

One of the most common thing is our careless attitude towards our precious and loving assets our children and automobiles hygiene.

Let me share a sad incident that just happened a day before on the road....

Time 7:10am, I was in a hurry on my way to Mumbai, near Kalyani nagar turn, i saw a santro, a bus and tourist Indica parked in a position which looked like near miss major accident. As usual and the goodness of our punekar 's many people gathered trying to help somebody in Santro. I got curios and got out to see if i could be of any help.

My first reaction is always to see if anybody was injured or hurt, fortunately no body was hurt.

I understand that the mother was driving her 9 year old son to school and suddenly at the blind spot a tourist cab came in from a wrong side and the mother had to hard brake in panic. The bus from behind came too close to comfort. There was a relief on everybody's face that a major accident was averted.

But the worse was unseen, the child seated in the co-passenger seat, which was slightly reclined, holding the juice can was lying without any movement. The mother screamed by the name of her child, trying to wake him up, but in vain. The child was rushed to the neighboring hospital.

The reason - child on his way to the school was sipping his unfinished juice, absolute peacefully on the half reclining front seat. But during this sudden panic and braking, the child had fluid in his wind pipe which was predominantly because of the position he was sitting. He was in 45 degree plus seat reclined, which physically is the position where such unseen fatal incidents can happen. We never realize this do we?

My request to all those over enthusiastic or learned parents is, this is no way expressing love towards your bundle of joy.

Another such incident just a day or two before, outside our showroom at Bawdhan, one van was coming up from the service road to join the main road, and there down hill was coming this bike father having his younger child on the tank and the elder son sitting behind, suddenly it was witnessed that the bike just went crashing in the van. with the younger one hitting the window glass and the elder fell of the bike hitting the road hard on the head. Both the children bleeding profusely were rushed by our service van to the hospital.

The reason behind this was, the younger son was controlling the throttle and definitely had it at near maximum and before the father could react, the accident took place.

Why do we get so carried away? Why don't we behave responsible? Is this the way to show our affection to our children. making them sit in the co-passenger seat, making them sit in your lap and handing over the steering wheel, don't you realize, that in case of panic braking, its your child's rib cage which can be crushed, because of your weight and the steering wheel .

I think we need to stop all such people when we see them on road, we don't have to advise but act upon it.

Remember a child below 14 years and less than 5 ft should not sit in the co-passenger seat, reason, the seat belts may not fit correctly and scientifically for its purpose of safety, if wrongly strapped, it may hurt your child. Also the child's mind below a particular age is not so alert to actually take any evasive action in case of emergency. There is a child lock in the rear door for the safety of your child, I have seen 95% people not knowing or using it.

A humble request please point out these live mistakes and may be from a stranger you just turn a life saving ANGEL.

Law of any goodness and charity is, it has to first begin at home. I think we need to pledge our child's safety while driving or riding or even walking.

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