Do you own a business or perhaps are in charge of a small township or community and wondering whether you should make a budget for fixing any small bumps on the road?
Short answer is, YES! You Should! Maybe there are some other things that are important that needs to be allocated into your budget, but let me share with you a compelling reason why you should.
People’s safety and health should be the number one concern for your business and community. Having bad roads pose a lot of risks not only to your financial economy but it increases road accidents, deaths, and damages significantly.
Help Improve Business and Economy
When you have good road conditions the flow of traffic is smoother and it decreases any jams. Studies have shown that potholes and bad road conditions significantly increase the likelihood of accidents and traffic jams.
However, by fixing road conditions, better flow of traffic and less accidents will boost productivity of businesses and communities.
It’s Good For Morale
A lot of personal stress is caused by bad road conditions and traffic. If you want better morale and mental health for your community, one way to increase it is to fix any damages on the road as quickly and promptly as they appear.
Rain, snow, and heavy machinery can damage roads, so not only should you fix old cracks and potholes, but taking active measures to limit heavy construction trucks to designated roads, and using quality material for repairs and future construction, will help in the long run.
As road conditions improve, people will feel better about having to deal with less traffic and not having to deal with bumpy roads every morning to work.
Save Lives and Reduce Accidents
Imagine a scenario where a driver is minding his own business until he sees a nasty bump along the road, so in order to avoid it, he steers toward the right onto incoming traffic without realizing it.
If he is not careful and reacted out of habit or instinct, it can easily cause accidents and worse, death. Studies after studies show that good road conditions are necessary for reducing accidents and car-related deaths.
While it won’t necessarily decrease any other related car accidents and deaths due to other forms of human error or carelessness, it certainly will help decrease accidents that are easily preventable.
You Can Actually Fix Things Yourself
Did you know that you don’t necessarily need fancy equipment to fix potholes and cracks in your neighborhood? If you are determined and really want to make a difference in your community or your surrounding, you can easily do it with a few group of friends who share the same purpose.
An Indian man, in fact, has filled more than 600 potholes in memory of his son who died because of an easily preventable accident.
He is not someone who has a great deal of money nor any modern equipment, but his efforts is saving the lives of hundreds of people and preventing many accidents every year.