OLX & FRSC educates road users on safe driving tips this yuletide season

OLX & FRSC educates road users on safe driving tips this yuletide season

December 4, 2017
Lagos, Nigeria

OLX.com.ng the leading online classifieds site partnered with Federal Road
Safety Commission to share safety tips with road users this festive season.
As the year comes to an end, Nigerians around the country are finalizing
travel plans for the yuletide season. The long distances travelled at this
time layered with the large number of vehicles on the highway can easily
result in accidents caused by fatigue, distractions, overspeeding, faulty cars
so extra precaution needs to be taken. OLX has taken this opportunity to
educate the public on how to keep the roads safe, and travel stress free
during the yuletide season by seeking advice from FRSC.

Hygenius Omejei, Sector Commander of FRSC advised road users that the
following safety tips should be adhered to when driving this festive season.
– Ensure your vehicle is roadworthy
Take your car to the mechanic for a thorough inspection to run a detailed
diagnostic check which should include the tyres to ensure the car is
capable of taking the long journey ahead.
– Defensive Driving
Be extremely careful and alert whilst driving to avoid possible collisions
caused by bad drivers, drunk drivers, and poor weather (harmattan fog). It
is important that you don't make assumptions about the other drivers
intentions. If you expect drivers in parked vehicles to remain parked at all

times, always yield at intersections, or remain in one lane at all times, etc.,
you risk being caught off guard when drivers do not do what's expected.

– Do not over speed
Keeping to the recommended speed limit on the express road and highway
is extremely important. The speed limit for private cars on the express road
is 100km/hr and 80km/hr on the highway. The speed limit should be strictly
adhered too because overspeeding is the number one cause of deadly
accidents for road users.
– Fatigue
Drowsy driving is suspected to be the primary cause in more than 20% of
road fatalities. Drivers are advised to have someone else in the car who
can take over the wheels when feeling drowsy or park in a safe place (like
an eatery or petrol station) to get some rest.
– Avoid the use of Alcohol
Any form of alcohol is forbidden while driving as it can impair one’s
judgement on the road.
– Avoid Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including
talking or texting on your phone, eating, drinking, talking to people in your
vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation
system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of driving.
Texting is the most dangerous distraction. Sending or reading a text takes
your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. You cannot drive safely unless the
task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in
is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.
– Ensure your Car Documents are up to date
Federal Road Safety Officials perform routine checks on the highways to
ensure road users drive safely.

Road users should ensure that their documents are all updated. These are
the documents and items FRSC officials are authorized to check.
– Valid Driver’s License
– Valid Vehicle License, Car Insurance and Roadworthiness certificate
– Spare Tyre, Fire Extinguisher, Caution Sign and Wheel Spanner
However, if you feel harassed by the Road Safety Official, call The Road
Safety toll free line 122 or send an email to info@frsc.gov.ng
– Upgrade your car on OLX
If you feel your car is not travel compliant, sell your old car on the OLX site
and search for great deals on the site.

The OLX Group is powered by a team of 4,000 people, operating from 25+
offices across five continents. The team is united behind a single mission to
enhance people's lives by facilitating win-win exchanges.

OLX.com.ng the leading online classifieds site partnered with Federal Road
Safety Commission to share safety tips to road users this festive season.

As the year comes to an end, Nigerians around the country are finalizing
travel plans for the yuletide season. The long distances travelled at this
time layered with the large number of vehicles on the highway can easily
result in accidents caused by fatigue, distractions, overspeeding, faulty cars
so extra precaution needs to be taken. OLX has taken this opportunity to
educate the public on how to keep the roads safe and travel stress free
during the yuletide season by seeking advice from FRSC.

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