Recently there was a road crash around the Eliozu and Airforce axis of Portharcourt, Rivers State. Reports have it that the Hyundai SUV was driving fast and competing with a lorry for right of way around a bend. With the both vehicles not yielding for each other, the SUV lost control and somersaulted several times. It was reported that the occupants of the car sustained injuries sadly, the only casualty in the crash was the occupant of the rear seat, a young lady.
Responsible road usage is not a topic to be negotiated on as it behooves on all and sundry to always use the roads in a safe and responsible manner in order to save lives and properties.
From all indications, a little patience on the path of both drivers especially from the driver of the SUV could have averted this unfortunate incident.
This is because we all know that most drivers of the heavy-duty vehicles mostly like to bully drivers of smaller cars on the roads.
So any careful driver should not compete with them because they have mass and weight advantage for their cars in the event of an impact, they sit much higher so can see much farther ahead than drivers of smaller cars, can jump potholes that can unsettle smaller cars and most importantly, a good number of them just do not have regards for lives and properties they can destroy in the event of a crash.
Also, it should be pointed out that their heavier mass and brake system makes braking to a successful stop in a short distance a more tedious affair so the distance it will take a heavy-duty vehicle to stop, a smaller car would take much less to achieve same, so drivers should always drive with more decorum in front of, behind and beside these categories of vehicles.
The driver of the SUV also forgot that SUVs in whatever guise (CUV, SAC, SUV, Softroader etc) have a higher chance of rollover than smaller sedans especially when negotiating bends as such should always drive more carefully.
Unfortunately the casualty from this whole avoidable incident turned out to be a rear-seat occupant who i can bet unfortunately again, wasn’t wearing her seatbelt. There is an erroneous belief for most people that the rear seatbelts are mere furniture and the front ones are meant to be worn so as not to incur the wrath of the road traffic enforcers.
How wrong. From the look of her injuries, one can safely say that had she been wearing her seatbelt, those fatal head injuries won’t have gotten to that degree, because they were most probably inflicted from her bouncing around uncontrollably or unrestrained in the backseat, impacting glass and metal parts of the car as it somersaulted.
I am not here to pass judgment rather, i decided to write on this after noticing that most people are just covering themselves with the blood of God and forgetting that the scriptures implore us that “heaven helps those who help themselves”. So we should obey the simple rules and regulations guiding safer roads usage.
It is quite unfortunate that people will never read any public enlightenment message from relevant authorities but spend hours on more frivolous things both online and offline yet they use the roads a minimum of two times each day and forget that as they went for trainings and update themselves regularly on their sources of livelihood, they should also do so to make their using the roads more efficient and safe
|May her soul rest in peace, Amen.
The road safety message is not just for the drivers, it also behooves occupants of cars to pay attention to the manner you are being driven in and also the status of the vehicle carrying you so that you will not pay for the mischief and mistakes of others with your life, limbs or properties.
Even without statistics yet, it can be noticed that there has been a sharp increase in the rates and intensities of road crashes all over our roads this year end. But with our collective efforts, we can all reduce this scourge to the barest minimum, to avoid “stories that touch the heart”.
Some quick tips for safer road usage….
Be patient, you will get to your destination.
Do not over speed or speed irresponsibly.
Ensure that you do not drive under the influence of drugs, alcohol or illnesses.
Ensure that you are not driven by anyone under the influence of the above-mentioned conditions.
Ensure that your vehicles are constantly road worthy, not just to avoid fines but to save you life.
Do not over load your vehicles.
Use the right tires that are road worthy and do not over or under inflate them.
Ensure that your lights, wipers, horns and other electrical parts are working well.
Do not race on our roads.
Do not drive as an or encourage under-aged driving.
If you are too old to drive please get a driver or use the public transport.
Do not overtake where you should not especially around bends, hills, slopes and in built up areas.
Yield to traffic where you should especially at roundabouts and intersections.
Do not tailgate meaning, do not drive too close to other cars, maintain a safe driving distance.
Ensure that you are trained and certified before you ever start driving, do not rush to start driving then rush to die, driving is serious business.
ensure that you always wear your seatbelt whether as a front or rear-seat occupant.
Ensure that you have good visibility through your windows.
Always be alert and once you feel sleepy or lethargic, look for the nearest safe spot and stop to rest before continuing.
If a driver driving you is misbehaving, call his superiors to report or call the Police or FRSC to report so that you don’t endure and get wasted unnecessarily.
Ensure you pay attention to road conditions when driving.
If you encounter a break-down, please warn other road users adequately and make arrangements to get the car off the road.
Remember to save ICE numbers on your phone. ICE means In Case of Emergency. This acronym was formed by our FRSC so that in the event of an incident, first responders will know the right numbers to call to report your crash.
And remember that crashes need just a split second to occur so always be careful when using the roads.
Comments are very much welcome.