I. THE MOTORIST
This class of road user is enclosed in motor vehicles. Because of this enclosure, they feel protected and often assume absolute immunity from accidents. This is a fatal self delusion for which the Federal Road Safety Commision has coined expression: Accident Immunity Delusion Syndrome (RAIDS).
Rules for Road Use
- The driver of a vehicle has only the protection guaranteed by his STRICT obedience to traffic rules.
- The best protection inside the vehicle is the USE OF SEAT BELT
- Always fasten your seatbelt and ensure that everyone in your vehicle belts up. S.10(4)(ee), FRSC Act, 2007
Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs
- Never drive after consuming alcoholic drinks or while under the influence of drugs
- Maximum blood alcohol level for drivers is 0.5gms per litre or 0.05% of blood alcohol (BAC)
- Alcohol affects your vision, judgement, reduces coordination, and slows down reaction
- Reduce driving stability even when taken below the legal limit. "DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE". S.10(4)(K), FRSC Act, 2007
Long distance driving
Driving for long distances tend to make you sleepy. To prevent this, ensure there is plenty of fresh air in your vehicle.
- Stop in a convenient place, rest and then walk around to let blood circulate and feed your brain adequately.
- Take a break of 15 minutes after every four (4) hours of driving.
- Do not rely on stay-awake drugs like coffee, kola nuts, and even chewing sticks.
- Have co-driver for any journey exceeding 10 hours.
- Fatigue is a deadly, yet silent killer that often goes unnoticed.
- Drivers tend to overestimate their capabilities and thus, do not know when to act on their tiredness.
- Do not drive if you are unwell, exhausted or tired from over-work, as ability to drive and coordinate becomes difficult when under stress, be it emotional or physical.
Passenger's Protection/Responsibilities of Drivers
- Drivers hold not only their lives but also that of passengers in their hands.
- Comprehensive insurance policy offers cover both the vehicle and passengers in the event of injuries or death occurring from road crashes.
- Vehicle owners are therefore required by Road Transportation Safety Standardization Scheme (RTSSS) to ensure that their vehicles are properly insured.
- Drivers are to ensure that passengers enter and disembark at officially designated places where provided.
- Drivers are not to overload their vehicles with goods or passengers. Passengers stand very high risk of severe injury or death in overloaded vehicles.
- Keep your vehicle in good working condition, payng particular attention to lights, brakes, steering mechanism, tyres and tyre pressure, direction indicators and wipers.
- Windscreens and windows should be clean and clear of obstructing materials and ornaments. S.10(4)(w), FRSC Act, 2007