Hi, welcome to our blog, we have been away for a while and that's because we have been having issues with logging into our blogger account, but were back. Today we will be talking about road accidents in Naija. The rapid rate of road accidents in Nigeria nowadays s overwhelming, most people may not see this accidents because most of us work on the island and live on the mainlad, assuming we use the Lagos-Ibadan express often, una go sabi wetin I dey talk, infact there was a recent accident involving a 2015 Range Rover Sport in Lagos,the recurring disaster has resulted in the deaths of many which is really sad. Most of our roads are bad and since the Government is not doing anything about it for now, I think the best option is to help ourselves.
1. Over speeding:
This is obviously the major cause of road accidents in Nigeria by a margin. I love driving too, infact I like going fast but the highest I have done with a car is 120km, I only have one life and I don't have a Bentley yet. When you “Over speed”, you’re forcing an engine to go beyond its design limit, and the result is mostly catastrophic.
80% of the cases of road mishaps in Nigeria are as a result of reckless driving and over speeding.
Some road users have formed the habit of over speeding each time they are on the road. Some believe in their ability to maneuver any difficult situation on the road, while others believe in their vehicles ability to riggle out of any danger. But these perceptions are not always correct. According to the FRSC, 50% of road crashes in Nigeria are due to over speeding. Motorists should therefore know that over speeding kills.
Tips: Drive carefully and respect the speed limit signs.
2. Brake failure:
Break failure is an extremely dangerous occurrence when a vehicle fails to stop after break has been applied.
This term is familiar with the heavy-duty vehicles, though smaller vehicles are not spared.
Tips: Make sure the brake pad is good and the brake fluid is good.
3. Bad Weather:
If the weather is bad; especially during a torrential downpour, chances are a road accident may probably happen due to poor visibility for the driver and road slipperiness.
Rain affects the ability to see properly through the car windshield
Tips: Don’t ever trust your wipers to do the job. If you happen to be driving and visibility is poor where you have no awareness of cars around you, it is better to park your vehicle till the weather improves. You have got one life, protect it.
4. Bad roads:
The failure of successive governments in Nigeria to fix the death traps called roads in Nigeria has no doubt caused so much pain to temporal and frequent road users. The bad roads across the nation are nothing to write home about. Government at all levels must be alive to their responsibilities to make sure all roads in Nigeria are safe and motorable. While road users should also exercise caution when driving in danger spots like potholes ridden portions, dangerous bends, roads threatened by erosion, roads enveloped with darkness at nights e.t.c.
Tips: Don't over speed, drive carefully.
5. Bad driving habits:
It is important for road users to respect other road users be ensuring their driving is not only for their own safety, but for others. Adhering to all traffic rules and regulations is also very important for safe driving. Indeed, road users’ behaviour has to change dramatically. Ignorance, lack of information and neglect on road safety in Nigeria has now made many preventable road carnages appear normal.
Tips: You are not on a race track, drive responsibly.
This is mostly common among commercial drivers and drivers of Very Important Personalities (VIPs) and government officials. These drivers are usually over worked and hardly observe rest.
Tips:It is important for principals of such drivers to ensure that they observe maximum rest always, so that they can be refreshed and geared up for the next journey.
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