This year, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) plans to reduce road crashes to a minimum.
In order to achieve this goal, the agency is sharing road safety tips with the public.
Here are amazing tips for motorists.
- Avoid distracted driving- Distracted driving is one of the major and growing threat to road safety. Increasing use of mobile phone creates different types of distraction like auditory, visual, manual and cognitive. Even texting causes cognitive distraction along with longer periods of both visual and manual distraction.
- Avoid drinking before driving- Never drink any alcohol before your trip. While you may not become intoxicated from one beer, you will more likely become sleepy.
- Protect yourself and your car by keeping an eye out for potholes and watching your speed.
- Maintain your distance - Leave plenty of distance between your car and the vehicle in front so you can see potholes in advance.
- Stay alert - Be aware of other traffic or pedestrians on the road before changing course to avoid a pothole.
- Watch your speed.
- Avoid unnecessary braking.
- If you have to drive over a pothole, allow the wheel to roll freely into the hole.
- Hold the steering wheel correctly - Make sure you are holding the steering wheel properly when driving on a road with potholes – failure to do so may mean you losing control of your vehicle.
- Recovering lost parts - If your vehicle sustains damage while traveling, such as a lost hubcap, ensure you stop in a safe location before attempting to recover it.
- Safety first - If you wish to inspect any damage to your car, ensure that you stop in a safe place.
- Get checked out - If you have hit a pothole and suspect your car has sustained damage, we recommend you get the vehicle checked out by your local mechanic. Ask them to verify if there could be any other issues such as problems with tracking and wheel alignment, tyres or suspension.
Check tyre pressure regularly –checking your tyre pressure regularly to ensure safety as a line of defense against potholes. Recommended tyre pressures can be found in your vehicle's handbook and on the label located inside the driver’s side door frame or doorpost.