5 September 2016
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, over the weekend announced Monday, September 12 as Eid-El-Kabir celebration day.
With the announcement, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) anticipates high level of vehicular movement across the country as many Nigerians – Muslims and non-Muslims – will be traveling to spend the holidays with their loved ones.
Commercial transporters are also anticipating the gains that come with the period, given that there will be a surge in the number of persons traveling.
Reckless driving and over-speeding are the norm with transporters at this time because they want to make as many trips as possible to maximise profits.
What this result to more often than not are accidents, breaking of limbs, wreckage of vehicles and death.
Approximately 41,000 die annually in road accidents in Nigeria, just as more than three million sustain varying degrees of injuries in auto crashes. About 38 per cent of all fatal car crashes are drunk-driving related, while another 30 per cent are attributed to over-speeding.
Loss of lives and injuries can be avoided this holiday period if motorists engage in defensive driving and obey traffic rules and regulations.
Defensive driving is a set of driving skills that allows you to defend yourself against possible collisions caused by bad drivers, drunk drivers, and poor weather.
It all boils down to paying attention to details on the road. If you look ahead and keep your eyes moving, you will spot potential hazards more easily.
Once you have identified a potential hazard, quickly decide what to do, and act immediately.
It is wrong to make assumptions about another driver’s intentions. Always remain in one lane at all times; you risk being caught off guard when drivers do not do what’s expected.
Expect other drivers to make mistakes and be prepared to react accordingly. If a mistake is made, you should be ready to defend yourself.
Never assume that other drivers are sober, alert, and follow the rules at all times.
Defensive drivers are able to avoid dangers on the road by using safe driving practices.
Tips for defensive driving:
- Be sure your vehicle is in good shape
- Check the integrity of your tyres
- Drive with clear eyes and mind
- Plan ahead for the unexpected
- Be able to control speed
- Be prepared to react positively to other drivers
- Have a good sense of anticipation, particularly when overtaking or being overtaken
- Do not expect the other driver to do what you think he or she would do
- Respect other users of the roadway.
- Be aware of driving on special roads and weather conditions
- Be alert and avoid distractions, e.g., cell phone use, eating.
We wish you all safe trips and fun filled holiday.
Author: Dotun Obatuyi
My name is Dotun Obatuyi (Dotunoba), I hail from Osun state, a public health scientist (monitoring and evaluation specialist), my keen interests are researching, critiquing and writing feature articles on health, science and technology as well as issues around the globe.