The Nigerian Police Force, through their twitter handle, shared 7 security tips for travelers who would be travelling by road this festive period.
It’s no news how dangerous travelling on the Nigerian high-ways are, ranging from car hijackers, bad roads to kidnappers to mention a few. The Nigerian Police Force decided to help keep Nigerians on the safe side by sharing safety tips to help avoid tragic stories.
Avoid Night Journey
The Nigeria Police Force has asked travelers to avoid night journey by every means possible. Night journeys are usually not advisable because of the hazards involved. Some of these hazards include visibility which can cause accidents. Unexpected obstacles could be encountered, which could lead to a crash. Help might not be easy to come by in the case of a crash or something less life-threatening like being stranded.
Evildoers operate more at night. It’s advisable to take precaution and stay out of the road at night than taking risks that are life-threatening. Family member and friends who know about your travel would be filled with anxiety because of their awareness of the dangers of night travels.
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Avoid Over Speeding
Speeding is not just driving above the posted speed limit but includes driving too fast for road conditions, or any other speed-related violation charged. Speeding is illegal. There’s no way around it. Speeding can get you arrested by the Nigeria highway patrol.
Another one of the dangers of speeding is the environmental aspect. Speed limits may be set in an attempt to reduce the environmental impact of road traffic to satisfy the local community and to help avoid the harsh impact of speed bumps when not approached with minimal speed.
Speeding kills. There are low-speed limits specifically set in different areas because of hazards of speed upon the surrounding community. Whatever the reason, over-speeding applies to everyone regardless of the capability of the car or the experience of the driver.
As you can see there are many reasons to take the pedal off the metal and slow down! Protecting other’s lives and your’s is more important than speeding. So plan ahead to allow for extra time to get to your destination, take time to call ahead if you’re running late, and drive safely! Says the Nigeria Police Force.
Be On Seat Belt While Driving
One way to promote safety is to always wear your seat belt when the car is in motion.
You are more than likely already familiar with the fact that wearing a seat belt can save your life, which is the most important reason to always have the safety belt buckled around you. However, there are plenty of other reasons to wear this protection, too. Wearing a seat belt while driving is the Law and needs to be abided by. However, there are more other reasons why wearing a seat belt is important. Like helps to keep crash less fatal and protects passenger from excess danger(getting thrown out of the vehicle, hitting the windshield) and so on.
You should now be familiar with and understand that there are plenty of reasons to wear a seat belt. It’s important to remember that your actions don’t just affect you, but others, too. Therefore, any time you’re on the road, make safe decisions.
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Do Not Drink And Drive
Drinking and driving are against the law, therefore it’s a crime. Other than the fact that it’s a crime, it is very dangerous to drink and drive. This could lead to mishandling which could cause an accident that could be fatal, therefore endangering your life, life of passengers and other road users.
The Nigeria Police Force sees this as a serious factor to stay out of harm’s way.
Avoid Taking Or Giving Free Rides
The Nigeria Police Force, as asked Nigerians not to give or take free rides. Free rides have been an avenue for kidnappers over the years to carry out kidnapping operations. To avoid this situation its best not to succumb to free rides just like the Police Force as asked.
Be a good and abiding citizen by taking serious instructions of the Police Force.
Avoid Stopping On Lonely Roads
Lonely roads are the best places for criminals to act. Because before help can come, they are through with their criminal act and long gone. In order not to put your self in such a dangerous situation, the Nigeria Police Force as asked travelers to avoid stopping on lonely roads.
If it’s necessary for you to stop, probably because of car sickness or toilet emergencies, make sure it’s in a busy place.
Avoid Over Loading
Getting your vehicle overloaded isn’t a good idea when travelling or at any time. Overloading could slow you down because of the weight and pressure on the car. Since overloading is a crime, the high way patrol has every right to stop you, which could delay or spoil the plans made already.
Little swerve to dodge a pot hole or a sharp turning could be overemphasized leading to an accident because of overload.