Accidents are recorded more on inter-state roads and this should be a source of concern for passengers. 

Many times, before an individual embarks on inter-state journey in Nigeria, prayers are said fervently against accident, witches on the road and all other unseen demons.

However very little attention is given to some necessary checks and planning and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says passengers can play a very important role in reducing the level of accidents on Nigerian roads.

The FRSC Public Education Officer for Lagos Sector Command, Assistant Corps Commander Tunji Oguntoye, told Bounce News that it had become necessary that everyone embarking on a journey should carry out a pre-journey preparation that would involve the under listed processes.

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1.  Pick The Right Commercial Vehicle Service

Before your get to the park, conclude on the kind of vehicle you want to travel with. Most commercial vehicles operators are becoming more organised and it is advisable to check online for these more organised operators and travel with them. This is because most of them follow recommendations and laws.

2.  Check Tyres

The FRSC official recommends that passengers should check tyres of vehicles they are travelling with. This is important, as tyre deflation and puncture had also been identified as the cause of road accidents. 

car trye and heat

3.  Find out who the driver is.

A good observation of the driver will give a clear understanding of his kind of person. Observe whether he has taken alcohol.

4.  Check for Speed Limiting Device

All commercial vehicles in Nigeria are mandated to have speed limiting device fixed and confirming if the vehicle has the device installed and functional will help you make the right choice of bus.

Speed limiting device for vehicles

5.  Notice Something, Say Something

Mr Oguntoye said it was important that passengers look out for reckless driving even after a speed limiting device installation and functionality had been confirmed.

He said a driver could maintain the speed limit but still drive recklessly.

When you find such a situation, please, report to the FRSC’s designated numbers explaining what you have witnessed and your location.

Numbers to call are 122 which is toll free and 070022553772. Please, note that network providers charge you when you call the last number.

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