In the early hours of Monday, 2nd December 2019, an accident happened at Ikeja Under Bridge involving a motorcycle rider and the victim died instantly. A day before this day, this victim would have celebrated that he witnessed the month that ends year 2019.
Sad right? Yes it is. This implies that accident is no respecter of persons, it can happen to anyone at anytime but are you sure you are not assisting the outcome of accident to be more grievous? At this time of the year, there are more records of road traffic accidents because there is influx of hasty road users who forget to give regard to road traffic cautions.
In Nigeria, as soon as the ‘Ember’ months starts, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) intensifies awareness and compliance to road safety measures, yet we daily encounter road traffic accidents that could be avoided if the driver had been more careful.
Adoption of DEFENSIVE DRIVING is the recommended attitude of a driver that wants to stay alive and help others stay alive.
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. This helps the driver to quickly notice potential hazards more easily and hasten the driver to make decisions that will prevent the accidents occurrence immediately.
Defensive drivers avoid road traffic accidents by compliance to safe driving practices.
Tips for defensive driving:
- Be prepared for the unexpected.
- Ability to control speed
- Prepared reaction to other drivers
- Don’t assume other drivers know what is expected of safe driving
- Have regard for road users
- Be aware of driving in special road and weather conditions
- Stay alert and avoid distractions, e.g., the use of cell phone, eating etc.
Health Emergency Initiative (HEI) upholds and works THAT NONE SHOULD DIE; hence we advise that drivers should employ defensive driving tips that will help to prevent road traffic accidents and loss of lives.
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