The Federal Road Safety Corps has warned motorists to be conscious of the foggy weather condition associated with the Harmattan season.
The Head, Media Relations and Strategy, Mr. Bisi Kazeem, explained that a thick fog enveloped some parts of the Abuja-Lokoja highway between 5.00am and 7.30 am in the past week, especially the 30km stretch between Yangoji and Awawa (near the NNPC pump station), with visibility challenges not beyond 70 metres on most stretches of the highway.
He added that the same climate situation is playing out along other major corridors of our highways.
Consequently, the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, has directed that motorists across the country should drive with their lights on.
He, however, advised that the lighting should be low beam in view of reflections from high beams that heighten poor visibility, adding that speed should also be controlled.
Oyeyemi said with the heavy traffic across the country during this festive period, every driver is encouraged to adjust his/her driving with safety consciousness in view of the bad weather.
Motorists are further reminded of the need to embark on daily routine check of their vehicles before entering the road. Aside from the wipers, brakes, non-defective windscreen and functional lights, it is instructive to check radiators for water, defrosters and use coolant to keep the vehicle engine within normal range.
On tyres, Kazeem also urged road users to note that the higher a vehicle accelerates, the higher the temperature of the vehicle which directly affects the tyres hence the need for long distance travellers to avoid over inflated and under inflated tyres. “Tokumbo and worn-out tyres are potential catalysts for road traffic crashes” he also said.